argumentation, yigal

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Wed Jun 12 16:24:57 EDT 2002

But surely we can distinguish, in principle, between a hellenistic
composition and a hellenistic update of an older composition to
contemporary grammar. As an analogy, we could now adapt Shakespeare into
modern English, and we do adapt Chaucer, such that your method would
date them 20th-21st century; but no such adapter would presume to say
that they were his or her composition!

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vincent DeCaen [mailto:decaen at]
> Sent: 12 June 2002 16:23
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: argumentation, yigal
> hi.
> this is a point i've often made with conservative students:  even a
> hellenistic composition may attest to a historical moses. regardless,
> there's never PROOF either way, 100%.  that goes without saying.
> but i think there is something to be said about date and place of
> composition when considering reliability...  or at least ideology...
> i would also think, for students of israelite religion, that it would
> a difference if D < P, or vice versa.  after all, isn't this what all
> fuss is about, from Kaufmann onwards....?  that traditionally P < D
> necessarily?
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