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Chapter Twelve: The New Methods Appraised

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With the history of the development of criticism as related in Part I in mind, one sees a curious resemblance between the theories of this century. Gunkel wrote exactly one hundred years after Vater, and there were not lacking those who saw in his work on the units of the tradition a revival of the Fragment Hypothesis.The plan of this Part in speaking of a "continuation of the old methods" as well as "applying of new methods" has thus been vindicated by this illustration that the old methods have not ceased. Wellhausen thinks that the various theories of the origin of the Pentateuch are not so much "hypotheses", excluding one another, as methods used conjointly in one place or another. Agglomeration, or the putting of sources side by side, played the principal roIe.

Keywords: criticism; Gunkel; Pentateuch; Vater; WeIlhausen

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