Essay 1 Intro-The Documentary Hypothesis is the hypothesis that the Pentateuch was composed of four different and distinct sources.-The sources are the J, E, D, and P sources.-The hypothesis is that these four different documents were composed at different periods throughout history, and then they were compiled together around 550 BCE.-Reasons for this can be found in how there are two different accounts of the creation story. 1 st par. – The initial piece of evidence that was noticed by scholars was the different names used to identify God. -The J source can be identified by using the divine name Yahweh throughout the book of Genesis.-The E source is seen in the way Elohim is used as the divine name from Genesis chapter 20 until Yahweh is revealed to Moses.-The P source is identified by different uses of the divine name throughout the Pentateuch, such as el shadday and el. 2 nd par.- Another piece of evidence showing how there are different sources are the different characteristics that each divine being holds for each source.
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course RELI 103 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '07 term at UNC.