Embedded in the sequence of books from Genesis through Kings is a hitherto unnoticed sequence of violations of the Ten Commandments, one by one, book by book, by the community of Israel, leading, in the end, to her Exile.
I would like to suggest that this sequence of violations may reveal the hand of the final editor of this Primary History—Genesis through Kings—and reinforces its overarching theme: The violation of God’s law, step by step, commandment by commandment, results in Israel’s destruction.
Explaining all this is a tall order; I hope you will find it as gripping to read as I found it exciting to explore. Whether it is also compellingis for the reader to decide. I look forward to the letters that will soon appear in Readers Reply.
The Primary History in the Hebrew Bible consists of nine books:
A. Torah (Pentateuch)
B. Former Prophets