The Pentateuch: A Social-science Commentary - Trajectories S. No. 1 (Hardback)John van Seters (author)
Hardback 233 Pages / Published: 01/10/1999
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This overview of the Pentateuch reviews the various historical-critical attempts to read it that arise from notions about the social evolution of Israel's religion and culture. Is the Pentateuch an accumulation of folk traditions, a work of ancient historiography, a document legitimizing religious reform? The present book, in dialogue with competing views, advocates a compositional model that recognizes the social and historical diversity of the literary strata. It argues that a proto-Pentateuchal author created a comprehensive history from Genesis to Numbers that was written as a prologue to the Deuteronomistic History (Deuteronomy to 2 Kings) in the exilic period and later expanded by a Priestly writer to make it the foundational document of the Jerusalem temple community.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 233
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 159 x 18 mm
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