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Rethinking the Pentateuch: Prolegomena to the Theology of Ancient Israel

Campbell, Antony F. and O'Brien, Mark (2005) Rethinking the Pentateuch: Prolegomena to the Theology of Ancient Israel. Westminster John Knox, Louisville. 183pp. ISBN 9780664228095

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Abstract

Scholars have long attempted to explain how the Pentateuch (the part of the Old Testament including the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was put together. According to the predominant theory-the documentary hypothesis-the material in these books, which vary in historical and theological points of view, came from four hypothetical sources designated as J, E, D, and P. Answering the increasing scholarly call to rethink this theory, Antony Campbell and Mark O'Brien offer a revolutionary explanation for the development of plurality and multiplicity within the text. As readers will note, many of the stories in the Pentateuch are very brief, often ten verses or less, and embedded with variants or even contradictions. In Campbell and O'Brien's model, a "userbase" approach, ancient users; particularly storytellers, were afforded options within the text and considered it acceptable, perhaps common, to expand the stories from the brief text originally included. Much, then, that has been divided among the J, E, D, and P sources can be seen as preserving options for ancient users; the narrative texts can be seen as signals for storytellers and other Israelites to expand upon the text as needed, while attempting to make theological sense of their present.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Old Testament, biblical criticism, Pentateuch, documentary hypothesis, Israel
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - Old Testament
Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College, YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 14:17
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 13:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/180

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