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The First Book of God
Yoreh, Tzemah L.

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010 pp. xii + 293. $135.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 402


Description: In this book the author thoroughly examines the pentateuchal elohistic source, its structural unity and its relationship to the yahwistic source. His conclusions differ considerably from the accepted paradigm in the following ways: 1) In contrast to current scholarly opinions, it is assumed that E is the first basic pentateuchal source and that it predates J. J functions as E’s first supplementary redactor – much as F. M. Cross, among others, conceived of P’s redaction of J. 2) The name “Elohim” is used exclusively by the elohistic source even after Exodus 3 while the verses in Exodus 3 revealing Yahweh’s name can be shown to be later additions. 3) Instead of the fragmentary source described by scholars, this study demonstrates the literary unity of E.

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

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Review by Marvin A. Sweeney
Published 3/4/2014
Citation: Marvin A. Sweeney, review of Tzemah L. Yoreh, The First Book of God, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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