Genesis as history, was [b-hebrew] Amalekites!

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Fri Aug 13 22:50:31 EDT 2004

On Friday 13 August 2004 17:19, Karl Randolph wrote:
> Yigal:
> Or does Genesis claim that it is based on previous sources?
> I can’t point to any written sources, but I have heard in lectures that
> there was an ancient literary style that went out of use about the same
> time as Joseph went down to Egypt. That literary style had the title and
> author at the end of the document, not at the beginning as is modern
> practice. The phrase which points to the end of the document is )LH TWLDWT
> “These are the bringing forth
” followed by the author and title. There is
> nothing to say that Jacob couldn’t have kept track of his brother and his
> brother’s descendents through grandsons and even some greatgrandsons,
> seeing as Jacob was 110 when he went to Egypt.

I saw a book years ago that said the same thing, based on where the cognate 
phrase appears in several Akkadian/Babylonian genealogy lists.  It seems that 
keeping such a list within the family was just SOP for the time...

Dave Washburn
"No good.  Hit on head."   -Gronk

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