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The Question of 'deuteronomic' Elements in Genesis to Numbers

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This chapter deals with the question of 'deuteronomic' elements in the Pentateuch, and, more particularly, in the collection of texts contained in Genesis to Numbers (the so-called Tetrateuch). It focuses on some methodological issues, which the author clarifies with reference to the Sea Narrative as found in Exod 13:17-14:31 (MT). Present-day scholarly publications display a great diversity of literary approaches to the Pentateuch. In respect of methodology, it is sufficiently well known that one has to distinguish between studies directed to diachrony and those focusing on synchrony. Concentrating on the complex issue of the origins and literary history of the Pentateuch, it is obvious that ever since the appearance of R. Rendtorff's critical assessment of the established understanding of the 'Yahwist' as a theologian, Pentateuchal studies have been surging forward. Recent criticism questions the validity of the classical "Four Source Hypothesis" in general and its constituents in particular.

Keywords: deuteronomic elements; diachrony; Pentateuch; Sea Narrative



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