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A. D. H. Mayes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263910.001.0001

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The Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History

The Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History

(p.289) 11 The Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History
Text in Context

O. Kaiser

Oxford University Press

This is the first of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors. It looks at the Pentateuch and Deuteronomistic history, starting with a brief account of the model proposed by Martin Noth in the middle of the twentieth century in which he sought to establish a connection between the documentary approach and that of tradition‐history. However, since the end of the 1970s, Noth's explanation of the origin of the Pentateuch has, because it connected the history of traditions and documentary approaches, been criticized as methodologically wrong, and in its place a pure tradition‐historical solution has been proposed; various other criticisms of Noth's explanation have also been advanced. This account gives most attention to the new proposals on the Pentateuch and Deuteronomistic history, which strongly question the traditional view (although the documentary hypothesis still has its supporters). The sections are: The state of the question: the plurality of models; Pentateuchal problems; Fundamental questions concerning the Deuteronomistic history; and Retrospect and prospect.

Keywords:   Deuteronomistic history, Deuteronomy, documentary approach, history, Martin Noth, models, Noth, Old Testament, origins, Pentateuch, tradition, tradition‐history approach

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