From Documented Growth to Method in Reconstruction of Growth

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918737 | DOI:
From Documented Growth to Method in Reconstruction of Growth

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This chapter applies insights from chapters 2-4 to specific methodological issues in the study of the formation of the Hebrew Bible, particularly the formation of the Hexateuch. Topics covered include textual fluidity and problems with the way words and phrases are often used as source-critical and dating indicators, the need to take into account partial preservation of ancient sources when developing literary models, scribal coordination as another model (besides a theory of post-Priestly composition) for explaining the mix of Priestly and non-Priestly elements in Hexateuchal texts, problems surrounding the identification and analysis of literary dependence, and what documented cases of textual growth can teach us about reachable goals for transmission history.

Keywords: textual fluidity; Priestly; literary dependence; textual growth; Hexateuch; dating

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Subjects: Biblical Studies

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