By Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid
Because the guaranteed effects of scholarship are hardly sure, it may come as no shock that the classical formula of the Documentary speculation has once more been known as into query. in spite of the fact that, many North American students are surprising with the paintings of a brand new iteration of ecu students who're advancing an alternative view of the compositional background of the Pentateuch. A transforming into consensus in Europe argues that the bigger blocks of pentateuchal culture, in particular the tales of the patriarchs and Moses, weren't redactionally associated earlier than the Priestly Code, because the J speculation indicates, yet existed part by way of aspect as autonomous, rival myths of Israel s origins. This quantity makes on hand either the latest ecu scholarship at the Pentateuch and its severe dialogue, delivering a necessary source and fostering extra discussion among North American and ecu interpreters. The members are Erhard Blum, David M. Carr, Thomas B. Dozeman, Jan Christian Gertz, Christoph Levin, Albert de Pury, Thomas Christian Roemer, Konrad Schmid, and John Van Seters.
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According to Levin, the land of Israel had been artificially transformed into foreign territory by the distinction between Israelites and Canaanites in Gen 12:6 [Levin: J]) so that now even Abraham lives in a foreign land. The assumption that the Yahwistic work narrates the story of an existence as strangers (“Geschichte einer Fremdlingherrschaft” ) seems a rather forced interpretation of the pre-Priestly account of Abraham and does not recognize that the perspective of the patriarchs as strangers in the land is a distinguishing feature of the Priestly source (see §3 below).
E. The following observations do not yet prove specifically the lack of a pre-Priestly connection between Genesis and Exodus, but they set the stage for the following arguments. (1) The chronology of the transition from the patriarchal period to the exodus gives a first hint concerning the discontinuity between these blocks of literature. 11 8. See Kenton L. Sparks, The Pentateuch: An Annotated Bibliography (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002), 32. 9. Gerhard von Rad, “Das formgeschichtliche Problem des Hexateuchs,” in idem, Gesammelte Studien zum Alten Testament (TB 8; Munich: Kaiser, 1958), 9–86; English translation: “The FormCritical Problem of the Hexateuch,” in idem, The Problem of the Hexateuch and Other Essays (trans.
This is the only specific mention of Joseph in the common P texts in Gen 37–50. 70 (37:1–2) Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.