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Unformatted text preview: → Scholarly way of viewing this is that several events are recounted more than once with significant changes in details; scholarship doesn't treat this as problematic: they're clues to the composition of the Bible. They tell us Hebrew Bible is a composite document that contains narration of several different authors; each version of a story reflects the perspective of a different set of writers. H I S T O R IC A L C R I T I C IS M / T E X T C R I T I C I S M- method of studying ancient text where scholars highly skilled in philology are able discern differences in style of narration/gramatic forms etc. These people were able identify the fact that Bible is composed of stories thats evolved from/descended from several sources (not like believed in fate tradition - by one person)- Basis of this is the DOCUMENTARY H YOTHESIS ( JEPD Hypothesis) - Pentateuch is a composite block of four major sources ( JEPD) (note, before scholar would ask for God's help when desciphering Bible - now scholar asks which source might have this come from)- this was developed in the latter half of 19th century; - does not challenge validity of Bible but rather provides more insight (*see pg. 71-72)- So discrepancies are b/c different sources are cont ribut ing to bible (ie P source - priestly perspective; identified by usage of various term inology, references to geograph region etc; E source - different group, different geographical regions, etc) → at some point all these five sources come together and are compiled into Hebrew Bible...
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This note was uploaded on 08/09/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto.
- Spring '08
- The Bible