The Composition of the Pentateuch; Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-24
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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For well over two centuries the question of the composition of the Pentateuch has been among the most central and hotly debated issues in the field of biblical studies. In this book, Joel Baden presents a fresh and comprehensive argument for the Documentary Hypothesis. Critically engaging both older and more recent scholarship, he fundamentally revises and reorients the classical model of the formation of the Pentateuch. Interweaving historical and methodological chapters with detailed textual case studies, Baden provides a critical introduction to the history of Pentateuchal scholarship, discussions on the most pressing issues in the current debate, and a practical model for the study of the biblical text.

Author Biography

Joel S. Baden is assistant professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. He lives in New Haven, CT.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction The Sale of Joseph, Genesis 37:18-36p. 1
The Documentary Hypothesisp. 13
The Sale of Joseph, Genesis 37:18-36p. 34
Continuity: The J Sourcep. 45
A Complaint in the Wilderness, Numbers 11p. 82
Coherence: The E Sourcep. 103
Complementarity: The D Sourcep. 129
The Revolt in the Wilderness, Numbers 16p. 149
Completeness: The P Sourcep. 169
The Israelites at the Sea, Exodus 14p. 193
Compilation: The Combining of the Sourcesp. 214
Jacob Returns to Bethel, Genesis 35p. 230
Conclusion Renewing the Documentary Hypothesisp. 246
Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 327
Index of Modern Authorsp. 349
Index of Biblical Citationsp. 357
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