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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 Pentateuch: A Long History of Study and Research (Fifth part)

Deuteronomy (D) and Deuteronomist. In the nineteenth century, scholars discussed a lot about the origin of the Pentateuch. Wellhausen, for example, maintained that there were originally two parts (Dt 1-4:44; 12-26; 27; 4:45-11:39; 28-30) which were then merged together in the final redaction of the Pentateuch. Regarding the dating of the source,…

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The Pentateuch: A Long History of Study and Research (Fifth part)

Deuteronomy (D) and Deuteronomist. In the nineteenth century, scholars have discussed a lot about the origin of the Pentateuch. Wellhausen, for example, thought that there were originally two parts (Dt 1-4:44; 12-26; 27 and 4:45-11:39; 28-30) which were then merged together in the final stage of the Pentateuch’s redaction. Regarding…

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