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The Documentary Hypothesis

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Course: 
Early Christianity
Lecture: 
1012 Lecture 1A

The documentary hypothesis (DH) proposes that the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, known collectively as the Torah or Pentateuch), represent a combination of documents from four originally independent sources. According to the influential version of the hypothesis formulated by Julius Wellhausen these sources and the approximate dates of their composition were:

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Theophyle
Original Date: 
June 14, 2010
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Why Documentary Hypothesis Failed

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The literary analysis embodied in the higher criticism not only attempted to explain the compositional history of the Pentateuch, it also served as the basis for reconstructing the evolution of religious ideas in Israel and early Judaism. The earliest sources, J and E (which Wellhausen wisely did not try to distinguish too systematically), were thought to reflect a more primitive stage of nature religion based on the kinship group.

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http://theophyle.wordpress.com
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Theophyle
Original Date: 
June 11, 2009
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Miscellaneous Bible Articles from Theophyle's English Blog
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