diachronics and Dt priority

Vincent DeCaen decaen at chass.utoronto.ca
Thu Jul 12 09:24:57 EDT 2001

i've now supplemented my work on diachronics (programmatic article to
appear in JHS, any time i can get around to writing the abstract <sigh>).
i can show that there is a law governing nunation correlating with the
previous work: very nice. the diachronics show a steady directional loss
of application....

(does anyone know of something more recent than Tamar Zvi's book on
nunation in semitics?)

but, every time i pick up a book on bible, i find the ordering bass
ackwards. it seems to me that if the priority of deuteronomy were taken
seriously, we'd have quite a different picture in literary studies.

but..., just what would be the consequences? anyone working on torah
criticism want to lay out the scenario...? and what does it do to recent
work arguing for a priority of P, when P so clearly falls in the late
Persian/early Hellenistic period, linguistically...?

V -- 
Dr Vincent DeCaen     <decaen at chass.utoronto.ca>
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