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Review of the Scholarly Literature on the Testimonia Hypothesis

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This chapter reviews and evaluates the modern scholarly literature on the testimonia hypothesis. Rather than presenting each scholar's work discretely the chapter traces the larger contexts and movements within which scholars developed their proposals. It presents each scholar's understanding of the term testimonia. While Harris used the term to refer to actual or hypothetical written collections of Old Testament (OT) proof-texts, W.C.Dodd and Lindars used the same word to refer to common uses of scripture rooted in oral traditions. The chapter discusses the method employed by scholars in reaching their conclusions regarding testimonia. It considers the steps that scholars have taken to reach conclusions regarding wider issues of the form, function, life-setting, and theological influence of actual and hypothetical extract collections (ECs) and testimonia collections (TCs).

Keywords: extract collections (ECs); modern scholarly literature; Old Testament (OT; testimonia collections (TCs); W.C.Dodd



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