Genesis JEDP ???

Niels Peter Lemche npl at
Tue Sep 5 02:59:24 EDT 2000

Dear Ian,

The basic text about centralization is Deut 12. Nowhere do you here find an
indication that the place should be Jerusalem. There is an enormous amount
of Deuteronomistic phrasing and ideology in this chapter but not a word
about Jerusalem. Quite astonishing if the Pentateuch was really the product
of people living in Jerusalem. People might want to say that it was too
early to think of Jerusalem, but we know from other indications that the
people who got this literature together had no problems indicating the
course of the future (the ex eventu business, of course). So the historical
problem is not a problem at all, except to people who might think of a
Mosaic authorship to a text like Deut 12, but that is their problem.


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Ian Hutchesson [SMTP:mc2499 at]
	Sent:	Tuesday, 05 September, 2000 03:23
	To:	Biblical Hebrew
	Subject:	RE: Genesis JEDP ???

	At 19.27 04/09/00 +0200, Niels Peter Lemche wrote:
	>Maybe they just wrote it. Remember, silence about Jerusalem in the
	>Pentateuch, but a lot about Shechem and environment.

	Hej NP

	Jerusalem I thought was the "place which the Lord your God will
	Mentioning Shechem should exclude it from being that place as the
	of Jerusalem would. It could of course have been some other place,
but the
	lack of mention of Jerusalem in a text almost certainly written
	Hebrew control of Jerusalem is significant: either the sort of
proposal you
	make is correct (and they simply didn't want to mention Jerusalem
	or the place is Jerusalem.


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