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The Pentateuch

A Social-Science Commentary
  • By John Van Seters
  • By Van John Seters
$49.95

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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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780567080882
    • Manufacturer: T & T Clark Uk
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780567080882
    • Publication Date: 07/01/2004
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: John Van Seters
    • Author: Van John Seters
    • Page Count: 234
    • Width: 5.46 inches
    • Height: 8.46 inches
    • Length: 0.52 inches
    • Weight: 0.67 pounds
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