From: bivalve (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 15 2002 - 21:44:42 EDT
Whether harmonization or multiple sources seems more plausible will
generally be a subjective judgement, although the two are nto always
> The 2 & 7 of every kind in the flood story<
7 of clean kinds and 2 of unclean kinds does not seem to be a very
strained harmonization. The chiastic structure thoughout the Flood
story supports a single source.
>the Midianites & Ishamaelites of Gen.37:25-28<
The story of Gideon explicitly identifies Midianites as a subset of
Ishmaelites, indicating some flexibility in the latter term.
>Moses' multiple ascents of Mt. Sinai<
Could you cite the specific ascents in question? Obviously coming
down, getting rid of the calf, and going back for a replacement copy
implies two ascents, but I vaguely recall additional ascent
references that provide much more of a challenge to harmonize.
>E.g., the picture of Hagar carrying her 17 year old son through the
>wilderness is rather odd.<
A quick look at the passage failed to turn up mention of carrying
him. What verse do you have in mind here?
Regarding the possibility of an early date for P, is there any
evidence for a late date? All dating of the sources that I know of
reflects speculation on the context of their composition plus
whatever weight is given to the historical narratives of the Old
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA
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