By Joel S. Baden
After investigating the historical past of scholarly arguments concerning the life and mixture of J and E, the writer is going directly to argue intimately for the dependence of D at the separate, self sustaining narratives of J and, basically, E. major awareness is paid to the problem of redaction. specifically, Baden reviews the way within which passages have regularly been attributed to redactors, and argues for a extra restrictive suggestion of the redactor and his paintings. it's additional argued that the literary proof within the Pentateuch offers for the lifestyles of just a unmarried redactor, to whom the compilation of all 4 resources of the Pentateuch is to be attributed.
during this examine, a couple of very important questions in regards to the composition of the Pentateuch are addressed: the lifestyles of E, the connection among D and the narratives of Genesis-Numbers, and the character of the redactor. in any case, this research stands as either a critique of conventional documentary research of the Pentateuch and a safeguard of its primary claims.
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