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Happily now at last there isa welcome and growing trend among scholars to view the Pentateuchas a literary unit again.

Despite this, there are still websites around which present theDocumentary Theory as though it was the very latest learning,apparently unaware that many of the points which they make havelong since been disproven/overturned.

The tragedy of all this is that for over a hundred years manyTheology and Religious Studies students have been indoctrinatedin a system which wholly discredits the claims of the OldTestament to be the inspired Word of God.

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A Summary of the Documentary Hypothesis

The Bible therefore contains both concepts that also serve as arguments in modern discussions: inclusiveness and exclusiveness. However, it is only by means of historical reconstruction that this important inner-biblical difference regarding how Genesis and the Moses story determine Israel's origins and its relation to its land and to other nations becomes fully apparent.

Bible - The Documentary Hypothesis

Because the documentary hypothesis posits that the Torah was composed quite late, it includes the idea that the E document was primarily a northern document that was edited into the J document to form the JE document, an intermediary step toward the final form of the Torah.

Jewish history and tradition also credit Moses as the author of the Pentateuch, giving no support whatsoever to the documentary hypothesis.
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Feb 07, 2014 · Documentary Hypothesis

Literary analysis, properly applied, does not corroborate the documentary hypothesis. The covenant between God and Israel follows, with appropriate modifications, the form of a suzerainty treaty, which defined the relationship between a conqueror and a conquered people. Suzerainty treaties of this type existed during the time that the Torah purports to have been written. At the time that the documentarians theorize the Torah’s alleged constituent documents were written, this type of suzerainty treaty had not been used for centuries. It is unclear how the writers could have gained such accurate knowledge of an obsolete literary form or what their motivation could have been in using it. It is also unclear how the literary features of the suzerainty treaty could have survived a complex editing process by editors who were largely unaware of the form that they accidentally preserved. It is like supposing that a Shakespearean sonnet in Elizabethan English was the unwitting product when twenty-first-century editors harmonized nineteenth-century documents from various different sources.

The Death of the Documentary Hypothesis

In the 20 century, the so-called Documentary Hypothesis with its four elements J, E, P, D was a commonly accepted explanation for the literary growth of the Pentateuch. This hypothesis is based on the assumption that there are three similar narrative accounts of Israel's history of the creation, the ancestors, the exodus, and the conquest of the land: J, E, and P. The story line of the Pentateuch was considered very ancient. J adapted the structure of the narrative from the old creeds of ancient Israel, and the structure of the narrative accounts of E and P were mere epigones or imitations of J. However, in the last thirty years, serious doubts have arisen concerning this model. Only P, because of its clear structure and its specific language, has remained generally uncontested.

for over a century is known as the Documentary Hypothesis

Because of this, the documentary hypothesis is often also referred to as the .

The J source refers to an alleged Yahwist source that was written in the kingdom of Judah by approximately 950 BC.

The E source refers to an alleged Elohist source that was written in the kingdom of Israel (northern kingdom) by approximately 850 BC.

The D source refers to an alleged Deuteronomist source that was written in Jerusalem by approximately 600 BC.

The P source refers to an alleged Priestly source that was completed in Babylon by Jewish priests in approximately 500 BC.

These allegations completely contrast the biblical claim that the first five books were authored by Moses by approximately 1400 BC.