The Pentateuch: A Social-Science Commentary

The Pentateuch: A Social-Science Commentary

by John Van Seters


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The Pentateuch: A Social-Science Commentary by John Van Seters

This overview of the Pentateuch reviews the various historical-critical attempts to read it that arise from notions about the social evolution of Israel's religion and culture. Is the Pentateuch an accumulation of folk traditions, a work of ancient historiography, a document legitimizing religious reform? The present book, in dialogue with competing views, advocates a compositional model that recognizes the social and historical diversity of the literary strata. It argues that a proto-Pentateuchal author created a comprehensive history from Genesis to Numbers that was written as a prologue to the Deuteronomistic History (Deuteronomy to 2 Kings) in the exilic period and later expanded by a Priestly writer to make it the foundational document of the Jerusalem temple community.

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ISBN-13: 9780567658791
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/24/2015
Series: T&T Clark Cornerstones Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Van Seters is Distinguished University Professor emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and currently lives in Canada.

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