Discussions of the Pentateuch still progress in the shadow of Wellhausen's classic source theory known as the Documentary Hypothesis. The theory continues to stimulate a lively and informative exchange in pentateuchal circles, even in the face of significant adjustments to the hypothesis and its alleged abandonment by some. In the midst of this discussion, the priestly literature holds a unique position as the most identifiable of the sources of the Pentateuch. Nevertheless, clarity regarding the character of the Priestly source has been obscured by the disjunction between the P narratives in Genesis and the predominantly legal material assigned to P in the rest of the Pentateuch. This book addresses that disjunction by recognizing the priestly narrative in the book of Genesis as a unique document, which has been incorporated into the larger Priestly source. This discovery also serves to bring further clarity to the redactional relationship between P and H. As a result, this study enriches our understanding of the priestly writings in the Pentateuch.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"King's work provides a challenging and insightful solution to the troublesome disjunction between the narrative and legal portions associated with the priestly literature. As a result, the reader is presented with a clearer picture of the make-up of the priestly writings and how they are related. This book will be a welcome contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding the source criticism of the Pentateuch." --Jacob Milgrom D. H. L. Emeritus Professor, University of California at Berkeley.
"I would like to be able to refer my own Hebrew Bible students to a work like this!" --Neil Elliott Adjunct Faculty, Metropolitan State University
Thomas J. King
Thomas J. King is Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Biblical and Theological Studies Division at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs.