By Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard

This moment variation of An creation to the previous testomony integrates and interacts with fresh advancements in previous testomony scholarship. a number of precise set it except different introductions to the previous testomony: * it truly is completely evangelical in its viewpoint * It emphasizes 'special introduction'---the research of person books * It interacts in an irenic spirit with the historical-critical strategy * It positive aspects issues of study heritage and consultant students instead of an exhaustive therapy of prior scholarship * It bargains with the that means of every e-book, no longer in isolation yet in a canonical context * It probes the which means of every publication within the environment of its tradition together with callouts, charts, and graphs, this article is written with an eye fixed on figuring out the character of outdated testomony historiography. This upper-level creation to the outdated testomony deals scholars a superb realizing of 3 key concerns: old history, literary research, and theological message.

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They can stand side by side with other material from other sources (such as Gen. 1:1–2:4a=P and Gen. 2:4b–25=J) or interweave with other sources (see traditional analysis of the flood narrative into J and P). McEvenue (1971) has studied P’s style in the manner of New Criticism (close reading). He has argued against the typically negative assessments of P’s literary quality and theological contribution. Some scholars conclude that P was not itself a continuous narrative source, but rather that “P” was the final redactor of the Pentateuch (see Wenham, 1987, xxxii, with bibliography).

The post- and a-Mosaica display the presence of glosses; the question remains their extent. In the final analysis, it is possible to affirm the substantial Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch in line with the occasional internal evidence and the strong external testimony, while allowing for earlier sources as well as later glosses and elaboration. It is in keeping with the evidence to remain open and nondogmatic concerning the particulars of the composition (for instance, what is pre-Moses, Moses, post-Moses—see Christensen and Narucki 1989, esp.

P. Long, and T. Longman III, A Biblical History of Israel (Westminster John Knox, 2003); R. Rendtorff, Die überlieferungsgeschichtliche Problem des Pentateuch (1977); J. W. Rogerson, Old Testament Criticism in the Nineteenth Century: England and Germany (Fortress, 1985); A. P. Ross, Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis (Baker, 1988); W. H. Schmidt, “Playdoyer für die Quellenscheidung,” BZ 32 (1988): 1–14; M. Selman, “Comparative Customs and the Patriarchal Age,” in Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives, ed.

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