[b-hebrew] The Name "Judah" and the so-called "discredited, JEDP theory of Graf-Wellhausen

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Thu Dec 20 20:46:01 EST 2007

Dear Jim,

Although the puns will truly be illuminating, see the following phrases:

1)    Isaac and Ishmael, "And Abraham said to God, 'O that Ishmael might live in
thy sight!' God said, 'No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you
shall call his name Isaac (Yitzhak). I will establish my covenant with him as an
everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard
you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him
exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a
great nation. BUT (my emphasis) I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom
Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.' " ( Genesis 17:18-21)
This is the problem that now exists between the Israelites and the Arabs.

2)    Jacob and Esau, "The elder shall serve the younger"? (Genesis 25:23)

3)    Judah and Joseph, The blessing was divided between Judah and Joseph as is
seen in Genesis 48:1-22; 49:8-12.

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <JimStinehart at aol.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:35 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] The Name "Judah" and the so-called "discredited,JEDP theory
of Graf-Wellhausen

> 1.  It is nice to see that many people on this b-Hebrew list do not accept
> the majority view of today’s secular academic scholars that the Patriarchal
> narratives are a myth created by multiple southern Hebrew authors in the
> millennium BCE.
> Now let’s get back to looking at the fascinating puns on the names of Jacob’
> s sons.
> 2.  The next set of puns we will look at is on the name “Joseph”.  Those
> puns will likely prove to be controversial.  Everybody likes Joseph, but the
> on his name that are given by the author of the Patriarchal narratives are
> not inspiring.
> 3.  In analyzing the Patriarchal narratives, one of the main issues should be
> which son of Jacob is picked to be the leader of the next generation of the
> new monotheists, and why.  As to that critical issue, the puns on the names of
> Jacob’s sons may prove to be illuminating.
> Once we look at the puns on the name “Joseph”, we will begin to see the
> peculiar criteria that the author of the Patriarchal narratives sees as
> determining who will be the successor Patriarch in each generation.  Why does
Isaac beat
> out Ishmael?  Why does Jacob beat out Esau?  And why does Judah beat out
> Joseph?  Are there common characteristics that define Isaac, Jacob and Judah
> winners of the grand prize, and different common characteristics that define
> Ishmael, Esau and Joseph as failing to win the grand prize?
> We will begin to understand these critical factors when we look at the odd
> puns that the author of the Patriarchal narratives gives us on the name
> .
> Jim Stinehart
> Evanston, Illinois
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