The Documentary Hypothesis and the...

Although originally published more then 50 years ago, this little Cassuto's book is still probably the best, most focused attack on Wellhausen's Documentary Hypothesis and a powerful defense of the integrity of the biblical text.

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x V T R A N S L A T O R ’ S F O R E W O R D * DESPITE the passage of time, this little volume ( which is now rendered for the first time from Hebrew into English) remains a classic in the field of Biblical studies. Though summary in form and popular in presentation, it provides a masterly exposition of the Documentary Hypothesis and subjects its exegetical methods and conclusions to a critical probe that is distinguished alike by brilliant scholarship and acute textual analysis. The writer challen-ges the widely- held theory that the Pentateuch is an amalgam of fragments excised from various source- documents of different authorship, date, style and outlook. He examines the basic argu-ments of the prevailing Higher Critical view one by one, and proceeds to rebut them with compelling logic supported by pro-found learning. The result is not so much a scientific edifice laid in ruins as the reaffirmation of the Torah’s literary and artistic in-tegrity and the enhancement of its spiritual significance. But a note of warning must be sounded. It is axiomatic that every literary work must be approached in the light of the author’s in-tention. It would obviously be an absurdity to read a lyric poem as though it were a scientific essay, or to judge a novel by the criteria of a documented history. This principle or criticism, mutatis mutan-dis, must also be observed in assessing the value of the present volume. The Documentary Hypothesis was originally compiled as a course of lectures for school- teachers who had only a superficial acquaint-ance with the theories of Biblical Higher Criticism. As a gifted pedagogue, the late Professor Cassuto knew how to adapt the pre-sentation of his subject to his audience. The spoken word, he re- * The translator’s general Foreword to the Cassuto Commentaries is appended to the first volume on Genesis, entitled From Adam to Noah.

The Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch: Eight Lectures


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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageTranslator's ForewordContentsKey to the transliterationAbbreviationsPrefaceLecture I. The Documentary Hypothesis and its CriteriaLecture II. The Divine NamesLecture III. More about the Divine NamesLecture IV. Language and StyleLecture V. Contradictions and Divergences of ViewLecture VI. Duplications and RepetitionsLecture VII. The Composite SectionsLecture VIII. ConclusionsBibliographical NotesIndexes
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