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The Abuses of Negation, Bisection, and Suppression in the Dating of Biblical Texts: The Rescue of Moses (Exodus 2:1–10)

Joshua A. Berman

in Inconsistency in the Torah

Published in print August 2017 | ISBN: 9780190658809
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190675295 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658809.003.0013
The Abuses of Negation, Bisection, and Suppression in the Dating of Biblical Texts: The Rescue of Moses (Exodus 2:1–10)

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This chapter continues and deepens the critique of current historical-critical biblical scholarship put forth in earlier chapters as well. It maintains that the scholarly aim of clearly delineating layers in a text, and then dating them definitively, unwittingly leads to three malpractices of historical-critical method. In handling complex evidence in a reductive fashion, scholars routinely engage in these three erroneous scholarly practices, which are here called the undue negation of evidence, the suppression of evidence, and the forced bisection of a text. These fallacies are illustrated by examples from scholarship on the account of the rescue of Moses, which reveals affinities with a wide array of cognate sources.

Keywords: Torah; Pentateuch; Exodus; Moses; Sargon; abandoned hero; dating of biblical texts; Pharaoh’s daughter

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; History of Religion

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