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By Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid

Because the guaranteed effects of scholarship are hardly ever sure, it may come as no shock that the classical formula of the Documentary speculation has another time been referred to as into query. notwithstanding, many North American students are unusual with the paintings of a brand new new release of eu students who're advancing another view of the compositional historical past of the Pentateuch. A transforming into consensus in Europe argues that the bigger blocks of pentateuchal culture, specially the tales of the patriarchs and Moses, weren't redactionally associated earlier than the Priestly Code, because the J speculation indicates, yet existed aspect by means of facet as self sufficient, rival myths of Israel s origins. This quantity makes on hand either the latest ecu scholarship at the Pentateuch and its severe dialogue, delivering a priceless source and fostering additional discussion among North American and eu interpreters. The individuals are Erhard Blum, David M. Carr, Thomas B. Dozeman, Jan Christian Gertz, Christoph Levin, Albert de Pury, Thomas Christian Roemer, Konrad Schmid, and John Van Seters.

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Within the framework of traditional source criticism, the extension of P in Genesis, Exodus, and beyond has not been a point of debate—because the presentation of history in P was thought to be an imitation of both J and E. But this assumption seems highly unlikely. As its inner argumentation shows quite clearly, P could not take over the connection of the patriarchal narrative to the story of the exodus from an older tradition but obviously placed two originally independent corpora of tradition for the first time in a logical sequence.

Von Rad, “Problem,” 71 and 73, English edition. 71. Levin, Jahwist, 412. 72. Martin Rose, Une herméneutique de l’Ancien Testament : Comprendre – se comprendre – faire comprendre (MdB 46; Genève: Labor et Fides, 2003), 376–77. 73. Reinhard G. 74 But in this regard, one should recall that Noth, while writing his commentary on Numbers, was actually quite aware of this issue. ”75 As we have already seen, the ideological hiatus between the patriarchal narratives and the exodus story has been taken into account from the beginning of historical-critical exegesis.

He introduces a textual basis that he calls a critically secured minimum (“kritisch gesichertes Minimum”), which is surprising since we simply do not have—on a methodological level—either critical secured minima or maxima. Even a minimalist set of texts (in comparison to other exegetes, Lux’s text is certainly no minimalist) can contain wrong attributions. Lux remarks on these texts: “Die Durchmusterung der Stellen legt den Schluß nahe, dass es sich hier nicht um Fragmente einer ursprünglich eigenständigen Josefserzählung handelt, sondern eher um eine redaktionelle Bearbeitung derselben im Geiste von P” (151).

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