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ThePentateuchintroducesustothecentralthemesofbothChristianandJewishtheology.ThefirstfivebooksoftheOldTestamenttell
thestoryofcreation,thefall,thepatriarchs,theexodus,thedeliveranceoftheLaw,andthejourneytothePromisedLand.Wemeet
AdamandEve,Abraham,Isaac,JacobandJoseph,MosesandPharaoh.YetthetextofthePentateuchhasbeenasubjectofintense
scholarlydebateformorethanacentury:WhowrotethePentateuch?Howwasittransmitted?Howdiditacquiresuchaprominent
placeinJewishandChristianhistory?
The10volumePentateuchHistoryandOriginsCollectioncontainsthemostimportantrecentliteratureonthePentateuch.DavidJ.A.
ClinesThemeofthePentateuchhasbecomeastandardintroductorytexttotheoriginandfunctionofthePentateuch.R.Norman
WhybraysMakingofthePentateuchandRolfRendtorffsProblemoftheProcessofTransmissioninthePentateucharetwoofthe
definingworksonPentateuchoriginstoappearinageneration,raisingnewquestionsabouttheDocumentaryHypothesis.Additional
booksinthisseriesexaminethenarrativesinGenesis,thelifeofMoses,androleofEgyptinthetext,andnumerousotherissues.The
authorsprovidedetailedanalysisofprominentfiguresinthePentateuch,examinethetexts,andreevaluatecommonlyheld
understandingsabouttheoriginandtransmissionofthePentateuch.Together,thesebooksrepresentthemostimportantscholarly
achievementsinthefieldinrecentdecades.
ThepowerfultoolsinLogosBibleSoftwaremaketheseimportantbooksonthePentateuchmoreaccessiblethaneverforscholarly
research.WithLogos,youcanfindeveryinstanceofaparticularScripturereference,person,orsubject.AllreferencestotheOld
TestamentarelinkeddirectlytotheHebrewtextsandEnglishtranslationsinyourlibrary.Whatsmore,doubleclickingonanywordin
anylanguageintheentirecollectionautomaticallyopensyourpreferredlexiconandsearchesforamatchgivingyouthedefinitions,
etymology,andusageexamplesofbothHebrewandEnglishwords.ThatmakestheLogosBibleSoftwarethemostadvancedand
usableeditionofthesebooksavailableanywhere!

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R.NormanWhybraysMakingofthePentateuchandRolfRendtorffsProblemoftheProcessofTransmissioninthePentateuch
ImportantintroductiontothecentralissuesconcerningthestudyofthePentateuch
TwolandmarkstudiesofthelifeandinfluenceofMosesbyGeorgeW.Coats
ReevaluationoftheYahwisticsource
ThomasL.ThompsonsworkontheoriginofIsrael
AllScripturereferenceslinkedtooriginallanguagetextsandEnglishtranslations

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TheThemeofthePentateuch,byDavidJ.A.

EgyptonthePentateuchsIdeologicalMap:

Clines

ConstructingBiblicalIsraelsIdentity,byFranzV.

TheMakingofthePentateuch:AMethodological

Greifenhagen

Study,byR.NormanWhybray

ReadingLeviticus:ResponsestoMaryDouglas,by

LinguisticEvidenceforthePreexilicDateofthe

JohnF.A.Sawyer

YahwisticSource,byRickWright

BerossusandGenesis,ManethoandExodus:

Moses:HeroicMan,ManofGod,byGeorgeW.

HellenisticHistoriesandtheDateofthe

Coats

Pentateuch,byRussellGmirkin

TheMosesTradition,byGeorgeW.Coats
ProblemoftheProcessofTransmissioninthe
Pentateuch,byRolfRendtorff
OriginTraditionofAncientIsrael:TheLiterary
FormationofGenesisandExodus123,by
ThomasL.Thompson
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Author:DavidJ.A.Clines
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress
PublicationDate:1997
Pages:176

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ThispopulartextbookregardsthePentateuchasaliterarywhole,withasinglethemethatbindsittogether.Theoverarchingtheme
isthepartialfulfillmentofthepromisestothepatriarchs.Thoughthemethodofthebookisholistic,theoriginandgrowthofthe
themeisalsoexploredusingthemethodsoftraditionalsourceanalysis.Animportantchapterexploresthetheologicalfunctionof
thePentateuchbothinthecommunityforwhichthePentateuchwasfirstcomposedandinourowntime.Forthissecond,enlarged
edition,theauthorhaswrittenanEpiloguereassessingthethemeofthePentateuchfromamorecurrentpostmodernperspective.

DavidClinesisProfessorofBiblicalStudiesandHeadofDepartmentintheUniversityofSheffield.Hisisalsotheauthorofthe
volumesonJobintheWordBiblicalCommentary.

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Author:R.NormanWhybray
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress
PublicationDate:1987
Pages:272

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MakingofthePentateuch,firstpublishedin1987,hasbecomeoneofthemostimportantbooksonPentateuchaloriginspublished
inageneration.Inthisvolume,WhybraysurveysthefieldofPentateuchoriginsfirstdevelopedbyJuliusWellhauseninthelate
nineteenthcenturyandHermannGunkelintheearlytwentiethcentury.
MakingofthePentateuchisdividedintothreesections.Partoneexaminesliteraryhypotheses,lookingattheDocumentary
Hypothesisinparticular.WhybraysurveysPentateuchalcriticismsinceWellhausen,assessestheDocumentaryHypothesis,and
comparestheDocumentaryHypothesistootherliteraryhypotheses.Inparttwo,Whybraysurveystheformcriticalandtradition
criticalhypotheses,devotingextensivediscussiontothemethodsofMartinNoth,GeorgFohrer,R.Rendtorff,E.Blum,andothers.
ThefinalpartofMakingofthePentateuchproposesanalternateapproach,examiningthepossibilityofasingleauthorand
introducingnewmethodsofstudyingPentateuchalsources.Thisvolumealsocontainsamassivebibliographyandauthorindex.

Whybray's...bookisamasterfulreviewofalltheoptionssetoutbycriticalscholarshipsinceWellhausen,i.e.,overthelast
century.Itisanexhaustiveanduptodatetreatment,conciseandhighlyreadable.

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R.NormanWhybraywasEmeritusProfessorofHebrewandOldTestamentStudiesattheUniveristyofHullbeforehisdeathin
1997.HeisalsotheauthorofTheGoodLifeintheOldTestament.

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Author:RickWright
Publisher:T&TClark
PublicationDate:2005
Pages:224

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ForthepastfewdecadesagrowingnumberofscholarshaveattemptedtooverthrowthetraditionalWellhausianviewthattheso
called"Yahwist"or"J"sourceofthePentateuchistheoldestofthefourmajorsources.Thesescholarshavearguedthat"J"was
composedduringtheexilicorpostexilicperiodsofancientIsrael.Theirargumentshavefocusedontheliterary,historiographic,and
theologicalcharacteristicsof"J."
ThisbookattemptstoreevaluateonlinguisticgroundssucheffortstoplacetheYahwistsourceintheexilicorpostexilicperiods.
ThestudyemploysthemethodologydevelopedmostprominentlybyAviHurvitzforidentifyingcharacteristicfeaturesofpostexilic
Hebrew("LateBiblicalHebrew").ThisdividesthelanguageoftheHebrewBibleintothreemainchronologicalstages:ArchaicBiblical
Hebrew(ABH),StandardBiblicalHebrew(SBH),andLateBiblicalHebrew(LBH).Wrightexaminesfortyfeaturesof"J"forwhich
usefulcomparisonscanbemadetoLBHandfindsnoevidenceofLBHintheentireYahwistsource.Thereforeitisunlikelythat"J"
wascomposedduringthepostexilicperiod.MoreoversinceHurvitzhasshownthattheexilicperiodwasatimeoftransition
betweenSBHandLBHsuchthatlatefeaturesbegantooccurinexilictexts,theauthorconcludesonlinguisticgroundsthat"J"was
mostlikelycomposedduringthepreexilicperiodofancientIsrael.

RickWrightservesaspastorofChurchoftheNationsandasMinisterofMissions,UniversityBaptistChurch,BatonRouge,
LouisianaandisanadjunctprofessorofJewishStudies,TulaneUniversity,NewOrleans,Louisiana.

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Author:GeorgeW.Coats
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress
PublicationDate:1988
Pages:250

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Mosesisahero.HisprominenceinthenarrativesofexodusfromEgypt,thewanderingsinthewilderness,andthejourneytothe
brinkofthePromisedLandmakeMosesacentralfigureinOldTestamenthistoryandliterature.Furtherevidenceofthemagnitude
ofMosesinfluenceisalsofoundoutsidetheChristianandJewishtraditionsinextrabiblicalliterature,inRenaissanceart,in
modernHollywooddepictionsofhislife,andelsewhere.
Moses:HeroicMan,ManofGodexploresthecharacteroftheMosestraditionsintheOldTestamenttoseemoreclearlywhythey
haveinfluencedtheworldasmuchastheyhave.AlthoughCoatsvolumeisprimarilyconcernedwithliteraryanalysis,hedoesnot
ignoretheinsightsofhistoricalandsociologicalstudies.Theresultisalandmarkvolumeonthelifeandinfluenceofoneofthekey
figuresoftheHebrewBible.

GeorgeW.CoatswasprofessoremeritusofOldTestamentatLexingtonTheologicalSeminary,Kentuckybeforehisdeathin2006.
HewrotethecommentaryonExodus118andcoauthoredNumbersintheFormsoftheOldTestamentLiteratureSeries(17Vols.).

Author:GeorgeW.Coats
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress
PublicationDate:1992
Pages:203

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TheMosesTraditioncontainssixteenessaysonthelifeofMoses.Theauthorsemployformcriticalandtraditiohistoricalexegetical

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methods,payingcarefulattentiontothetext.TheessaysinthisvolumeexamineExodus3,MosesinMidan,MosesandAmalekin
Exodus17,thecrossingoftheseainIsraelsearlyhistory,Mosesandthegoldencalf,textswhichdescribeMosesdeath,Moses
marriagetoaCushitewomaninNumbers12,thecallofMosesandExodus2,Mosesasamodelforministry,healings,andmore.
TheMosesTraditionisanauthoritativesummaryofcurrentscholarshiponthelifeofMoses,andtheimplicationsofMosesin
Israelshistory.

GeorgeW.CoatswasprofessoremeritusofOldTestamentatLexingtonTheologicalSeminary,Kentuckybeforehisdeathin2006.
HewrotethecommentaryonExodus118andcoauthoredNumbersintheFormsoftheOldTestamentLiteratureSeries(17Vols.).

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Author:RolfRendtorff
Translator:JohnJ.Scullion
Publisher:WolterdeGruyter&Co.
PublicationDate:1977
Pages:214

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InTheProblemoftheProcessofTransmissioninthePentateuch,RolfRendtorffisinterestedaboveallintheprocessbywhichthe
Pentateuchreachedtheforminwhichitnowliesbeforeus.HeconcludesthattheclassicDocumentaryHypothesishasbeentriedin
thefireandfoundwanting,andtracesbrieflythescholarlypaththatledhimtothisconclusion.Hisapproachhasbeenmetwith
strongdisagreement,cautiousagreement,and,insomequarters,reliefandreadinesstolookforotherwaysthanthatofthe
documentaryhypothesistoexplaintheformationofthePentateuch.Itiscertain,however,thatscholarsofthePentateuchcannot
ignoreRendtorffsimportantvolume.

RolfRendtorffisemeritusprofessorofOldTestamentattheUniversityofHeidelberg.

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Author:ThomasL.Thompson
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress,
PublicationDate:1987
Pages:221

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Formorethanthreedecades,ThomasL.Thompsonhaswrittenattheintersectionofbiblicaltheologyandarchaeology.Origin
TraditionofAncientasksimportantquestionsabouthistoricityingeneralandIsraelshistoryinparticularincluding,perhapsmost
importantly,atwhatpointIsraelshistorybegins.
Aftersurveyingtherecentliteratureonthesubject,ThompsoncloselyexaminesthePentateuchaltraditionasanarrativeofIsraels
history,andoffersdetailedexegesisofthehistoricalnarrativesinGenesisandExodus,includingAdam,Abraham,Isaac,Jacob,
Joseph,Moses,andthesojourninthewilderness.Hecloseswithadiscussionofchronologyandhistoriography.

ThomasL.Thompsonisabiblicalscholarandtheologian.Since1993,hehasbeenprofessoroftheologyattheUniversityof
Copenhagen.

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Author:FranzV.Greifenhagen
Publisher:T&TClark
PublicationDate:2003
Pages:348

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ThisbookexploresthereferencestoEgyptinthePentateuchtwiceasdenseasintherestoftheHebrewBibleinthecontextof

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theproductionofthetext'sfinalformduringthePersianperiod.Here,asGreifenhagenshows,Egyptfunctionsideologicallyasthe
primary"other"overagainstwhichIsrael'sidentityisconstructed,whileitsroleinIsrael'sformationappearsassubsidiaryandasa
supersededstageinamasternarrativewhichlocatesIsrael'sethnicrootsinMesopotamia.Butthepresentationofthispowerful
neighborisequivocal:adominantantiEgyptianstancecoexistswithalternative,thoughsubordinate,proEgyptianviews,suggesting
thatthePentateuchalnarrativewasproducedwithinacontextofideologicalconflictoverattitudestowardsalandthatprovideda
homeforJewishfugitivesandemigrants.

FranzV.GreifenhagenistheAssistantProfessorofReligiousStudies,LutherCollege,UniversityofRegina,Saskatchewan,
Canada.

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Author:JohnF.A.Sawyer
Publisher:SheffieldAcademicPress
PublicationDate:1996
Pages:290

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Untilrecently,Leviticushasbeenread,especiallyinChristiancircles,aspartofa'priestly'workwithapredominantlyprescriptive
andritualisticagenda.InthisvolumeofpapersreadatacolloquiumheldinhonorofMaryDouglasatLancasterUniversityin1995,
expertsintheHebrewBible,Jewishlaw,comparativelaw,classicalliteratureandsocialanthropologyraisechallengingquestions
aboutthecomposition,contextandpurposeofthebook.Canitbereadasanautonomousliteraryunit?Howsignificantareits
uniqueethicalinsights?Isitlawornarrative?DoesitreflectactualSecondTemplePeriodpractice?Howisitrelatedtothe
Mishnah?

JohnF.A.SawyerwasHeadofReligiousStudies,UniversityofNewcastleuponTyne,andisnowSeniorResearchFellow,
UniversityCollegeofStMartin,Lancaster.

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Author:RussellGmirkin
Publisher:T&TClark
PublicationDate:2006
Pages:344

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BerossusandGenesis,ManethoandExodusproposesaprovocativenewtheoryregardingthedateandcircumstancesofthe
compositionofthePentateuch.GmirkinarguesthattheHebrewPentateuchwascomposedinitsentiretyabout273272BCEby
JewishscholarsatAlexandriathatlatertraditionscreditedwiththeSeptuaginttranslationofthePentateuchintoGreek.Theprimary
evidenceisliterarydependenceofGen.111onBerossusBabyloniaca(278BCE)andoftheExodusstoryonManethos
Aegyptiaca(c.285280BCE),andthegeopoliticaldatacontainedintheTableofNations.Anumberofindicationspointtoa
provenanceofAlexandria,EgyptforatleastsomeportionsofthePentateuch.ThatthePentateuch,drawingonliterarysources
foundattheGreatLibraryofAlexandria,wascomposedatalmostthesamedateastheSeptuaginttranslation,providescompelling
evidenceforsomelevelofcommunicationandcollaborationbetweentheauthorsofthePentateuchandtheSeptuagintscholarsat
AlexandriasMuseum.ThelatedateofthePentateuch,asdemonstratedbyliterarydependenceonBerossusandManetho,hastwo
importantconsequences:thedefinitiveoverthrowofthechronologicalframeworkoftheDocumentaryHypothesis,andalate,third
centuryBCEdateformajorportionsoftheHebrewBiblewhichshowliterarydependenceonthePentateuch.

[BerossusandGenesis,ManethoandExodus]hasaboldthesisanddetailedargumentation...thisvolumeisanintriguingread
becauseitchallengesusateveryturntothinkaboutsourcecriticalquestionsandtoaskaboutthedirectionofliterarydependence.

JournalofHebrewScriptures
Thisisadetailedstudyandagoodexampleofthinkingoutsidethebox.

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Publisher:T&TClarkInternational
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BerossusandGenesis,ManethoandExodus:HellenisticHistoriesandtheDateofthePentateuch
EgyptonthePentateuchsIdeologicalMap:ConstructingBiblicalIsraelsIdentity
LinguisticEvidenceforthePreexilicDateoftheYahwisticSource
TheMakingofthePentateuch:AMethodologicalStudy
Moses:HeroicMan,ManofGod
TheMosesTradition
TheOriginTraditionofAncientIsrael:I.TheLiteraryFormationofGenesisandExodus123
TheProblemoftheProcessofTransmissioninthePentateuch
ReadingLeviticus:AConversationwithMaryDouglas
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