Many believe that the discovered "book" was ultimately added to the Hebrew canon as the Book of Deuteronomy. Scholars note that the so-called Deuteronomic Code differs in tone and narrative style from the preceding 4 books of the Pentateuch while still referring to them throughout. Scrolls and books of later antiquity, particularly those of the Greco-Roman overrule in Judea, were summarily discounted by Hebrew biblical redactors. Conversely this "book", whose discovery is touted in II Kings, was therefore believed to have been of an early enough authorship to validate, not only its inclusion, but the book's ultimate placement as the 5th of the "Five Books of Moses".
Celebrating a Cycle Completed, Starting Anew; One Woman's Take on the Temple Librarian, Treasurer of Texts for the People of the Book
Oct 17, 2003; Himsel, Angela Forward 10-17-2003 Over drinks with a leading Bible scholar and a ketubah designer, theconversation segued...