[b-hebrew] Documentary Hypothesis - Just a Bit More
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Jun 5 12:21:08 EDT 2004
>The problem with DH is: unless one already
>possesses the sources, any attempt to
>reconstruct hypothesized sources from a
>daughter document cannot help but be
>artificial with a high probability of being
>wrong. The division along postulated differences
>in theology or style is no less artificial than
>according to how God is addressed.
>For example, years ago when I read a splitting
>apart of the story of the flood into J and E
>sources, I was struck by how strange and
>disjointed the stories were (to use your words).
>But as a whole, it fits together perfectly,
>albeit with a certain amount of redundancy not
>uncommon in other narratives.
>In closing, until a copy of one of these sources
>in Hebrew is found, it seems best to limit our
>discussion to the documents that we have.
HH: One argument presented to us in seminary was
a listing of DH schemes for dividing the biblical
text that have arisen over the years. I believe
the number was over thirty in the grouping we
considered, and none of them agreed. The
Documentary Hypothesis is just something else
that diverts one's attention from what the Bible
is saying when it is read correctly in the form
in which it was intended to be read.
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