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51 Even some of the postmodern minimalists, such as Thompson, are rejecting the old source-critical synthesis. ’’52 He opines that the ‘‘affirmation of their existence is a refutation of the documentary hypothesis. ’’53 As the documentary hypothesis has lost some of its mastery over Old Testament studies during the past twenty years, tradition history criticism has gained in popularity. 57 Although investigating the tradition history of biblical texts has some merit, the amount of subjectivity used in this method poses a serious challenge and, like Wellhausen’s source-critical method, certain historical, social, and religious assumptions are made that cannot be convincingly substantiated.

40 In recent years, an increasing number of biblical scholars within the guild have begun to distance themselves from the nineteenth-century synthesis. While some are revising conclusions of the last century, others are rejecting them altogether. For instance, Van Seters has argued for down-dating J to the sixth century and the elimination of E as an independent source. 41 The traditional fifth-century dating for the P materials has in recent decades been questioned on linguistic grounds. 42 Along similar lines, Robert Polzin addresses the date of P from a grammatical perspective.

3. assuming that when a historical claim is made that it was intended to communicate some reality. I will assume the text to be innocent until proven guilty, rather than guilty until proven innocent. If a particular genre is encountered that is known for its use of hyperbole or nonchronological narration, these features will be taken into account before rendering a conclusion. In this chapter we have largely addressed some fundamental questions about history and the wilderness tradition, but the tradition is not exclusively about history but also about religious laws, rituals, practices, and institutions.

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