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.
|Series:||T&T Clark Cornerstones Series|
|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.