Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

J Adding Joshua

John Van Seters believes that J used Deuteronomy as a source, not vice versa.  Why?  On page 310 of Life of Moses, he gives one reason.  He looks at J’s story of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32.  (Van Seters … Continue reading

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Levine on Leviticus 11

In this post, I’ll quote Baruch Levine’s discussion of the rationale behind Leviticus 11’s food laws.  It’s on pages 247-248 of his Jewish Publication Society commentary on Leviticus. “The dietary laws of the Torah institutionalize the basic distinction between pure … Continue reading

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