Cause he said so

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sat Sep 9 13:23:37 EDT 2000


It is customary to consider each hypothesis on its own merits rather than
only by comparison with alternative hypotheses. So it is quite proper to
examine your hypothesis in detail, with every possible test, apart from
looking at any alternatives.

Suppose you were accused of a serious crime that was otherwise unsolved.
Would you be happy to be convicted on the grounds that you had failed to pin
the blame convincingly on anyone else?

By the way, I think you ought to realise that many Jewish scholars,
including some on this list, hold that Moses wrote most of the Pentateuch,
but their views have nothing to do with what Jesus said.

Peter Kirk

----- Original Message -----
From: <barre at>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 11:05 PM
Subject: Cause he said so

I would like to know what critical theories of composition for the
Pentateuch (Tetrateuch, Hexateuch) are offered by those who reject
the Documentary Hypothesis.  As far as I know, no one has does this
with regard to Mosaic authorship, at least not to the level of
criticism of the rival position.  My past has taught me that Mosaic
authorship is propounded on theological grounds, that since Jesus
referred to the Law of Moses, and Jesus can't be wrong, Moses had to
have written it.  This position is then made more credible by mostly
casting dispersions on the DH.  So if anyone can offer a scholarly
alternative to the DH and its variants, I would like them to make
some sort of case beyond Jesus said so.


L.M. Barre, Ph.D.
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