Date, Place, and People: A Summary of Key Arguments

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI:
Date, Place, and People: A Summary of Key Arguments

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Despite its distinct and archaic language, the Primary History (Genesis‐2 Kings) is best given a date in the Persian period, because: (1) Its literary genre as a whole belongs to the Persian period. (2) Its integral content reflects events that extend into the Persian period. (3) Its sources include exilic prophets. The authorship – whether by one person or by a coordinated group – was probably linked to an institution, perhaps the Jerusalem temple. Affiliation to an institution – political, religious, industrial, academic – need not mean lack of integrity.

Keywords: authorship; date; Genesis‐2 Kings; Jerusalem temple; literary genre; Persian period; place; Primary History; Prophets

Chapter.  2339 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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