Niels Peter Lemche npl at
Fri Dec 17 06:44:15 EST 1999

Rudolph did away with the Elohist already in 1938, and I never think that E
was accepted by the majority of the Uppsala School people. My own teacher,
Eduard Nielsen, certainly did not include E in his analysis as a continuous


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> Fra: 	Jonathan D. Safren[SMTP:yonsaf at]
> Svar til: 	Jonathan D. Safren
> Sendt: 	17. december 1999 12:29
> Til: 	Biblical Hebrew
> Cc: 	Biblical Hebrew
> Emne: 	Re: JEDP
> Noel O'Riordan wrote:
> >
> >
> > Does it not strike you as strange that in many cases when the author
> uses
> > Elohim he writes with one style and point of view/agenda and that when
> he
> > uses Yahweh he uses another, this is leaving aside any theological
> imprint.
> > And this of course is the most obvious and simple argument for sources.
> May I point out that the stylistic differences between the assumed J and E
> sources are
> much less pronounced than those between P and, or P, D and these sources
> together.
> The stylistic differences between J and E are so few, in fact, that
> Driver, in his
> 1912 _Introduction to the Literature of the OT_ was hard put to find any,
> as compared
> with the many stylistic and linguistic characteristics of P and D which he
> listed; so
> few that, ever since Rolf Rendtorff's 1978 book on the Pentateuch it has
> become
> customary to speak of the "older sources" or "older strands" or just
> simply JE.
> As I have already pointed out, Rofe and Sturdy have argued against any JE
> source
> division in the Balaam Narrative, and Redford, in a similar vein, argues
> in his 1970
> _A Study of the Joseph Narrative_ that the Joseph story is one unified
> novellat to
> which there have been added a number of interpolations (it seems to me
> that I remember
> von Rad already on the way to ditching the Documentary Hypothesis
> regarding the Joseph
> Narrative, but I can't be sure)
> --
> Jonathan D. Safren
> Dept. of Biblical Studies
> Beit Berl College
> 44905 Beit Berl Post Office
> Israel
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