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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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(p.495) Appendix Four Sources: The Theory of Four Hypothetical Documents (J, E, D, and P)

(p.495) Appendix Four Sources: The Theory of Four Hypothetical Documents (J, E, D, and P)

Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

The documentary theory of four hypothetical sources (JEDP) is immensely attractive. It gives a ready explanation to difficult data, and it is flexible (for instance, J – the Yahwist – can be redated or extended). However, though the four letters correspond to data in the text, the theory as a whole is radically confused and misleading. It is a literary theory that is built not on genuine literary criticism but on some relatively superficial data, and especially on considerations of history and theology.

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