A Farewell to the Yahwist?: The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Interpretation
Dozeman, Thomas B. and Konrad Schmid, editors
Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2006 pp. viii + 200. $24.95/$110.00
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Description: Since the ďassured resultsĒ of scholarship are rarely certain, it should come as no surprise that the classical formulation of the Documentary Hypothesis has yet again been called into question. However, many North American scholars are unfamiliar with the work of a new generation of European scholars who are advancing an alternate view of the compositional history of the Pentateuch. A growing consensus in Europe argues that the larger blocks of pentateuchal tradition, especially the stories of the patriarchs and Moses, were not redactionally linked before the Priestly Code, as the J hypothesis suggests, but existed side by side as two independent, rival myths of Israelís origins. This volume makes available both the most recent European scholarship on the Pentateuch and its critical discussion, providing a helpful resource and fostering further dialogue between North American and European interpreters.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Source Criticism
Review by J. Harold Ellens
Citation: J. Harold Ellens, review of Thomas B. Dozeman And Konrad Schmid, eds., A Farewell to the Yahwist? The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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