Dating convo topics

14 Feb

I have granted hearing to their cry of distress against their taskmasters, for I know and have experienced their pain.” 8 “Thus, I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the region of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.” 9 “Now, look, the cry of the people of Israel is gathered before Me.First, the fragmented “choice of sources” throughout the Pentateuch showed a consistent editorial process had been used throughout the work.Secondly, the Pentateuch had a “view of history” tracing Israel’s very beginnings until its preparation for entering the Promised Land.This makes dating the events of the Exodus difficult at best.What we can assess of the historical context must be derived from the text.

Fundamentally, this theory is known as the Documentary Hypothesis.[7] The Documentary Hypothesis holds that there are three, possibly four, editors that shaped the final text of Exodus.

“Scholars who maintain the documentary hypothesis trace the materials in this book to three literary sources (Yahwist, Elohist, and Priestly).”[8] According to James Bowley, the text known as J and E fall between the years 928-722 BCE. Bowley then continues by concluding that P and J were likely woven together by an author designated D for the Deutreronomist.