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The Composition of the Historical Books. From Joshua to 2 Kings (Third part)

The multiplication of dtr editors has made many scholars skeptical about the very existence of deuteronomic history. The problem is essentially the concept of “historiography” and the coherence of the dtr work. The “dtr” history can not be termed in any way, since it still belongs to the mythical genus…

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The Composition of the Historical Books. From Joshua to 2 Kings (Second part)

Until the end of the 1960s, Martin Noth’s theory – that of a single author for Dtr – remained basically unchanged, finding mainly confirmations and some minor correction. Among the supporters we find Ivan Engnell (1906-1964).  Otto Eissfeldt (1887-1973) argued that the complexity of the texts contained in the so-called Former Prophets…

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The Composition of the Historical Books. From Joshua to 2 Kings (First part)

Before the Second World War, many scholars believed that the sources of the Pentateuch continued in the book of Joshua, constituting the so called Hexateuch. In 1943, Martin Noth demonstrated instead the existence of three great histories of the Old Testament: the Pentateuch, the Deuteronomistic historiography and Chronistic historiography. He…

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