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A History and Critique of The Documentary Hypothesis …

Scholars have long attempted to explain how the Pentateuch (the part of the Old Testament including the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was put together. According to the predominant theory-the documentary hypothesis-the material in these books, which vary in historical and theological points of view, came from four hypothetical sources designated as J, E, D, and P. Answering the increasing scholarly call to rethink this theory, Antony Campbell and Mark O'Brien offer a revolutionary explanation for the development of plurality and multiplicity within the text. As readers will note, many of the stories in the Pentateuch are very brief, often ten verses or less, and embedded with variants or even contradictions. In Campbell and O'Brien's model, a "userbase" approach, ancient users; particularly storytellers, were afforded options within the text and considered it acceptable, perhaps common, to expand the stories from the brief text originally included. Much, then, that has been divided among the J, E, D, and P sources can be seen as preserving options for ancient users; the narrative texts can be seen as signals for storytellers and other Israelites to expand upon the text as needed, while attempting to make theological sense of their present.

Scholars have long attempted to explain how the Pentateuch (the part of the Old Testament including the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was put together. According to the predominant theory-the documentary hypothesis-the material in these books, which vary in historical and theological points of view, came from four hypothetical sources designated as J, E, D, and P. Answering the increasing scholarly call to rethink this theory, Antony Campbell and Mark O'Brien offer a revolutionary explanation for the development of plurality and multiplicity within the text. As readers will note, many of the stories in the Pentateuch are very brief, often ten verses or less, and embedded with variants or even contradictions. In Campbell and O'Brien's model, a "userbase" approach, ancient users; particularly storytellers, were afforded options within the text and considered it acceptable, perhaps common, to expand the stories from the brief text originally included. Much, then, that has been divided among the J, E, D, and P sources can be seen as preserving options for ancient users; the narrative texts can be seen as signals for storytellers and other Israelites to expand upon the text as needed, while attempting to make theological sense of their present.

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The Documentary Hypothesis: Moses, Genesis, and …

Authoring is introduced by a “Foreword” by John Welch, which is followed by a prologue that serves as an introduction for the inexperienced reader of biblical studies. Bokovoy works through a critical reading of the Bible. He introduces the Documentary Hypothesis and the sources in the Pentateuch, indicating how we are to identify the sources, how scholars date them, and the influence of other Mesopotamian cultures and texts on the writing of the Pentateuch. He sketches how he believes Latter-day Saints should study the Bible critically. He ends with three chapters exploring how the rest of the book can help in a faithful, academic approach to the Book of Mormon, the Book of Moses, and the Book of Abraham. Bokovoy then concludes with multiple new points that help the LDS student appreciate the academic study of the Bible.

Thank you for bringing this up. Allow me to clarify for you. David Bokovoy is not yet my official adviser on my honors thesis, and so has no official direct supervisory role over my project. We had to wait until recently to find out if David was going to be at the U next year, and are only now going to start getting the paperwork and approvals completed so that it is official.
To be completely open, I have had David as a professor. I took the Book of Mormon as Literature and Intro to Hebrew Bible from him in the fall semester of 2013. David did not introduce me to the Documentary Hypothesis, though (Moshe Weinfeld’s work did), as you point out my opinion has not been materially affected. Stephen Smoot can vouch for me on that if he wishes (we met each other while I was taking a semester of classes at BYU in the summer of 2012 and has known my full views on this topic since then).
I wouldn’t consider this impropriety, but I will leave that up for everyone else to judge. David and I have a professional relationship as student and professor, and my opinions are not dependent on his (although they do match up very nicely).
If you need any other clarification feel free to ask.

Documentary Hypothesis and Composition of the …

Documentary Hypothesis, or JEDP Theory, is the view held by various scholars that the five books of the Pentateuch were really written by four different authors, and not Moses.

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