Wright-layering Caleb’s cake

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In David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory, Jacob L. Wright sees the biblical text as like a layer cake.  It is not the product of someone stitching together fully developed narrative sources like the documentary theory claimed for the Pentateuch. Instead, he has a supplementary theory.  Those who created the text as we have it, developed early traditions by layering on supplemental material, some of which they just invented.

There are ways to see what some of the earlier layers looked like.  In regard to Caleb his method is to focus on the minor and incidental things that do not fit the motives of the redactor. The story of Caleb now centers on the idea from Numbers 13-14 that Caleb was one of the 12 spies Moses sent to scout out the Judean territory.

In terms of the narrative, this story functions to show why the…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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