[b-hebrew] Wellhausen

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 18:29:33 EST 2008


On Jan 9, 2008 12:28 PM, Bill Rea <bsr15 at cantsl.it.canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:

> Karl wrote:-
> >Those objections show an ideology that predesposes certain results,
> >without which ideology people don't even consider DH as a valid theory.
> >In other words, without the ideology, the evidence for DH is far less
> >than convincing.
> You really ought to drop this line of argument. Its simply wrong.
> No one disputes Wellhausen's ideology.…

I do. I read a PhD dissertation that does. I had professors when I was in
college who did. In fact, I consider this to be the most important
objection. It is a valid objection.

> … However, as has been pointed
> out many times, today the DH stands independently of its sordid
> origins.…

I usually don't mention the ideology's anti-Semitism and hatred of
Christianity as describe in the New Testament, because the important parts
of the ideology in reference to the discussion on this list are its
presuppositional acceptance of evolution, both biological and cultural, its
naturalism and the presuppositional belief that the present is the key to
the past. The sordid parts of the ideology are mainly noise that need to be
filtered out.

> … Today many people of various faiths and branches of those
> faiths accept it. I've read that approximately 85 percent of people
> who encounter the DH ultimately come to accept it. As one of those
> 85 percent I'm not surprized. I did not learn of the ``ideology''
> until years after coming to accepting that the DH is basicly the
> best explanation of the origins of the Books of Moses.

That's the difference: I was exposed to the ideology first, shown how the
ideology shapes the methodology and as a result, reject the methodology
first and foremost on the basis of the ideology still implicit in the
methodology. The same ideology is behind the splitting of Isaiah into two or
three portions, as well as the late dating of Daniel, and so forth.

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