Toward Detecting the Process of Composition

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI:
Toward Detecting the Process of Composition

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There are four main theories concerning the origin of Genesis‐2 Kings. Building on these, this chapter proposes that – apart from initial outlining and some possible final editing – Genesis‐2 Kings was composed in three coordinated stages: (1) Beginning with Genesis, the outline was developed into a narrative that ran from creation to the fall of Jerusalem, each part building on what preceded. (2) The Elijah‐Elisha narrative, synthesizing and reinterpreting that narrative, was placed shortly before the narrative's conclusion. (3) Mosaic law was inserted last, reflecting the entire narrative. The unified process may have involved several people. The text was written to be evocative, numinous, and cryptic.

Keywords: composition; cryptic; Elijah‐Elisha; evocative; Genesis‐2 Kings; Mosaic law; narrative; numinous; Primary History

Chapter.  4117 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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