JEPD Evidence

peter_kirk at peter_kirk at
Mon Dec 20 16:38:29 EST 1999

Dear Jonathan,

In answer to the first question remaining below and also the snipped 
points about sources within the toldot, I would refer you in addition 
to William of Occam's Razor. Now I don't think Thomas Aquinas thought 
much of that principle. But my preference is to go for the simple 
explanation unless there is evidence for the more complex one, rather 
than vice versa which is what you are doing.

As for "sepher" in Genesis 5:1, well, it was a written record after 
Moses or whoever had written it down. But I agree that this does 
somewhat support your position.


PS As Ian says, I prefer to be referred to as "Peter", or perhaps "Mr. 
Kirk", rather than just "Kirk". Thanks, Ian.

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Subject: Re[6]: JEPD Evidence
Author:  <jonathan.bailey at> at Internet 
Date:    19/12/1999 21:21


Basically, the only evidence that you have given for Genesis being a single 
composition is that it is unlikely that Moses would have had written records. Wh
y do
you see this as unlikely?

Also, what do you do with the use of the word sepher in Gen 5:1?

Thanks for clarifying your personal position. I also have no axe to grind for Ge
being a composite of sources. And I am becoming aware of treatment received for 
bowing before the "scholarship cannot involve God" mindset here. (Imagine what 
Thomas Aquinas - or heaven forbid, Anselm - would have had to say about that!)

Jonathan Bailey
Hochschule fr Jdische Studien
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