[b-hebrew] Wellhausen re Patriarchal Narratives

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Thu Dec 27 10:21:25 EST 2007

Yigal Levin:
You wrote (to another poster):  “Even if you do not accept the idea that the 
Pentateuch was composed of several "sources" which went through a series of 
"redactions" over time, you still have to show that the single author was 
actually a 14th century (or whenever) Moses.  The problem, of course, is that there 
is so much in the Pentateuch that is either anachronistic or shows knowledge 
of "future" events.”
As you know, my own field of interest is the Patriarchal narratives.
I myself see the Patriarchal narratives as having been composed in the 
mid-14th century BCE, with very little editing thereafter.
As to the Patriarchal narratives, and ignoring for the moment the rest of the 
Pentateuch, is there anything in the Patriarchal narratives “that is either 
anachronistic or shows knowledge of ‘future’ events”?
That is to say, please set forth one or more actual stories in the 
Patriarchal narratives that, in your opinion, are manifestly out of place in the 
well-documented secular history of the mid-14th century BCE.
The mid-14th century BCE is such a very short time period, and is such a 
peculiar time period, that if the Documentary Hypothesis applies to the 
Patriarchal narratives, it should be child’s play for you to list a raft of stories in 
the received text that are manifestly out of place in a mid-14th century BCE 
time period.
Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois

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