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 VI alized, is governed by different stylistic requirements from those of the written exposition; moreover, the full use of the panoply of technical data and arguments, which the scholar employs in a scien-tific dissertation, was ruled out by the limitations of time and the restricted knowledge of his listeners in this branch of study. The author accordingly gave a popular form to his discourses; he couched his thoughts in an easy, conversational style, and made ample use of simile and metaphor with a view to maintaining the unflagging interest of his students. His illustrations are invariably apt and telling; and he does not hesitate on occasion to drive his contention home with a parable. Throughout he has avoided over-whelming the beginner with a spate of confusing detail. Instead he refers the enthusiast, who wishes to delve more deeply into the subject, to scholarly works where he can find a fuller discussion of the questions. In particular he draws attention to his own com-prehensive treatise on the problems of Genesis, La Questione della Genesi. That in the end the learned professor was requested to pub-lish his lectures is not surprising; nor can one dispute the wisdom of his decision ( explained in his Preface) to retain the lecture character of these discourses in their published form. Any other course would have involved writing an entirely new book. It would be a grave mistake, however, to equate popularization with lack of scientific qualities. The literary framework of this epitome of Cassuto’s views on the documentary theory may repre-sent a concession to the layman; but the content— the argument and critical analysis— is based on sound reasoning and vast erudi-tion, fully elaborated in the writer’s larger Italian book. The brevity and clarity of this little work will undoubtedly commend it to the general reader; and the scholar, it is believed, will likewise find this volume of significance. It is not only an excellent summary of the author’s earlier publications, but it also contains, as we learn from the Preface, some additional material dispersed over its pages. Altogether The Documentary Hypothesis serves as a valuable in-troduction to the late Professor Cassuto’s Hebrew Commentaries on the Pentateuch, which have helped so much to illumine our understanding of Scripture with the light of new knowledge and interpretation, expounded by one of the most original minds among modern Biblical exegetes. TRANSLATOR’S FOREWORD

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


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

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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