Tag Archives: Documentary Hypothesis

A Look into the Construction of Scriptural Texts

Textual composition – how we “get” Scriptural Texts For Latter-day Saints, one of the best examples of an complex and merged scriptural text that corresponds with the fundamental notion of the Documentary Hypothesis is Doctrine and Covenants 132. In the … Continue reading

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On the other side of Jordan

Deuteronomy begins with the statement “These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness” (Deuteronomy 1:1, KJV) – something that can be confusing to readers. Why does it say “this side Jordan” … Continue reading

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What is the Documentary Hypothesis? A Short Introduction

Simply put, the Documentary Hypothesis is an explanation used in Biblical scholarship that helps to explain the difficulties experienced in the Old Testament. Evidence exists in the Old Testament that shows that the first five books in the Bible are … Continue reading

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Genesis 6-9 RSV with sources revealed

The Flood narrative as a composite text The Flood narrative is an account of two sources, something that is explained by what biblical scholars call the Documentary Hypothesis. This hypothesis explains that two of the sources for this flood narrative … Continue reading

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How’d We Get the Bible? (The Short Version)

The production of the Old and New Testaments Time Period: 1500 BCE to 1611 CE How did we get the King James Version of the Bible? Old Testament Quick History Moses is credited in the Bible with authorship of the … Continue reading

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The story of Joseph sold into Egypt – The Documentary Hypothesis In Effect

Joseph sold into Egypt – Two Parallel Narratives When reading the story in Genesis about Joseph being taken by his brothers, one could walk away somewhat confused. They may think, “What is happening here?” Who took Joseph? Was it the … Continue reading

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Is it okay to marry your sister?

A good question! (Genesis 20:12 vs Leviticus 18:11, 20:17) If we assume that the Bible is a perfectly orchestrated book, in the words of some believers, “infallible”, something that is error free, written by the pen of an author who … Continue reading

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The 120 year age limit

Does God limit the years that man can live to 120 years? If so, why do we have these variant textual traditions in the Bible? What is going on? (Genesis 6:3 vs Genesis 9:29, 11:10-26, 23:1, 25:7, 35:28, 47:28) “And … Continue reading

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Whose staff is it anyway?

Who is in charge? Who owns this staff? Is this Moses’ staff or Aaron’s staff or God’s staff? (Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 17:20, 9:23, 10:13 versus Exodus 7:9-12, 7:19 versus Exodus 4:20) Exodus 4:2, 7:15, 7:20, 9:23, and 10:13 all indicate … Continue reading

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Why does 1st and 2nd Samuel/Kings read so differently than 1st and 2nd Chronicles?

The Author of Samuel/Kings The first thing you need to know when you read Chronicles and Kings is that each author of these diverse books had dissimilar agendas because they were answering different questions. The writer of Samuel/Kings doesn’t hesitate … Continue reading

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