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The Composition of the Pentateuch

Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

Joel S. Baden


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For well over two centuries the question of the composition of the Pentateuch has been among the most central and hotly debated issues in the field of biblical studies. In this book, Joel Baden presents a fresh and comprehensive argument for the Documentary Hypothesis. Critically engaging both older and more recent scholarship, he fundamentally revises and reorients the classical model of the formation of the Pentateuch. Interweaving historical and methodological chapters with detailed textual case studies, Baden provides a critical introduction to the history of Pentateuchal scholarship, discussions on the most pressing issues in the current debate, and a practical model for the study of the biblical text.

Yale University Press, 9780300152630, 392pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

About the Author

Joel S. Baden is assistant professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. He lives in New Haven, CT.