Bible for Exiles

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:
Bible for Exiles

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The starting point and focus of this chapter is an argument for an exilic “post-D Hexateuchal” compositional layer that united and reconstrued three earlier and originally separate compositions--a non-P proto-Genesis, a non-P Moses story (or possibly multiple Moses traditions) and a composition including (at least) some form of Deuteronomy-Joshua. Probably just slightly later in the exile, this Post-D Hexateuch received its Priestly counterpart in an originally separate P narrative, one that may have included a highly truncated series of notices now found in strategic loci in the book of Joshua. The chapter concludes with consideration of possible exilic dating for the original components used in the early post-exilic post-D Hexateuchal composition.

Keywords: exile; exilic dating; Priestly; Joshua; Moses Story; Genesis; Deuteronomy

Chapter.  31043 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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