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If ever there was an assured conclusion of biblical scholarship, it was that the Hexateuch (Genesis through Joshua, as Wellhausen envisioned it) was a composite document that could be tied to four primary, separate, datable documents: the Jahwist (J) from the ninth century, the Elohist (E) from the eighth century, the Deuteronomist (D) from the seventh century (the Josianic reforms), and the Priestly source (P) from the fifth century, and that these sources were brought together by a redactor (R) in the postexilic period.

36 It was thought that Israel’s religion developed accordingly—a development that could be traced in the Bible—and that the religious stages were criteria for dating. 37 For him, the decisive moment was when he decided to follow Graf ’s dating of the law after the prophets. ’’38 It is incredible that one who saw his approach to the Pentateuch as scientific and objective would so quickly accept this radical view without even investigating it! Furthermore, Wellhausen’s theory that the law came after the prophets, and that the wilderness tradition derived from the statements in the prophets is peculiar.

J. 68 This Egyptian story originated in the Twelfth Dynasty (ca. ) and continued to be transmitted down to the Nineteenth Dynasty (ca. c. , Sinuhe]. ’’71 Could it be that some aspects of this widely dispersed Near Eastern literary pattern were 16 ancient israel in sinai employed by the Hebrew author(s) to present the biblical stories? 72 On the contrary, if the ten narrative steps of the hero tale are consistently applied to historical personalities, then it should be recognized as a legitimate historiographical technique, as King observes, used by scribes of the ancient Near East, including Hebrew writers.

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