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Genesis and the Moses Story: Israelís Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible
Schmid, Konrad
Nogalski, James, translator

Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2010 pp. xiii + 456. $64.50

Series Information
Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, 3


Description: Konrad Schmid is a Swiss biblical scholar who belongs to a larger group of Continental researchers proposing new directions in the study of the Pentateuch. In this volume, a translation of his Erzvšter und Exodus, Schmid argues that the ancestor tradition in Genesis and the Moses story in Exodus were two competing traditions of Israel's origins and were not combined until the time of the Priestly Codeóthat is, the early Persian period. Schmid interacts with the long tradition of European scholarship on the Hebrew Bible but departs from some of the main tenets of the Documentary Hypothesis: he argues that the pre-Priestly material in both text blocks is literarily and theologically so divergent that their present linkage is more appropriately interpreted as the result of a secondary redaction than as thematic variation stemming from J's oral prehistory. He dates GenesisĖ2 Kings to the Persian period and considers it a redactional work that, in its present shape, is a historical introduction to the message of future hope presented in the prophetic corpus of Isaiah-Malachi.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Richard E. Averbeck
Published 5/13/2011
Citation: Richard E. Averbeck, review of Konrad Schmid, Genesis and the Moses Story: Israelís Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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