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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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Date, Place, and People: A Summary of Key Arguments

Date, Place, and People: A Summary of Key Arguments

10 Date, Place, and People: A Summary of Key Arguments
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

Oxford University Press

Despite its distinct and archaic language, the Primary History (Genesis‐2 Kings) is best given a date in the Persian period, because: (1) Its literary genre as a whole belongs to the Persian period. (2) Its integral content reflects events that extend into the Persian period. (3) Its sources include exilic prophets. The authorship – whether by one person or by a coordinated group – was probably linked to an institution, perhaps the Jerusalem temple. Affiliation to an institution – political, religious, industrial, academic – need not mean lack of integrity.

Keywords:   authorship, date, Genesis‐2 Kings, Jerusalem temple, literary genre, Persian period, place, Primary History, Prophets

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