posted on Aug, 29 2005 @ 02:13 PM
Or did he? Or was he one of four different authors?
I came across the theory of the four writers of the Pentateuch recently after hearing it mentioned in a documentary about research at Oxford. I'm not
a Bible scholar or anything, this was the first I'd heard of the theory and I would like to hear the general opinions on this.
From what I've read, the modern thinking goes that four different people wrote the Pentateuch, referred to as J,D,E and P each of which are said to
have written according to their own agenda. There is also assumed to be a fifth (referred to as R) that correlated the different versions into the
Pentateuch. The theory stems from various discrepancies, contractions and variations in writing style etc.
Some good links, (though there's probably better):
another more general overview:
Again, I'm not too up on this theory myself. I'd like to know if this is outright rejected by the more fundamentalist or evangelical Christians (or
Christianity in general) and the Jewish faith or if there are sections that accept the possibility, or just what their general thinking is on the
matter. Also if you disagree an explanation of why you think the theory is wrong would be appreciated.
[edit on 29-8-2005 by kegs]