Re: [asa] JDEP

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Fri Sep 01 2006 - 22:11:47 EDT

The case for different sources of the Pentateuch (whether or not called JEDP) doesn't really have rely on very sophisticated arguments. I don't know about anyone else but as soon as I took seriously the possibility of different sources, the fact that there are different versions of the same basic account simply jumped out at me. E.g., can anyone miss the 3 different stories of the patriarch saying that his wife is his sister - 2 of them with a king in Gerar named Abimelech?

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  From: David Campbell
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  Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 7:18 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] JDEP

  JDEP and some other approaches that impose later than traditional dates onto Biblical passages often involve assumptions about progressive social or religious evolution. Although such views were commonly presented as part of evolutionary biology at least into the 1930's and even today often claim to be supported by evolutionary biology ( e.g., claims of Marxists), in fact they are contrary to a current understanding of biological evolution. There's nothing about biological evolution that says that Israelites could not have had a particular theological view before 500 BC or that semi-nomadic people couldn't have a king, etc.

  Dr. David Campbell
  425 Scientific Collections
  University of Alabama
  "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"

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