Gnuse-invention or tradition?


The basic claim of Robert Karl Gnuse in The Elohist is that the presumed source document of the Torah called the Elohist or E was composed in the 7th century to meet a specific need. That need was the loss of religious meaning by the exiles from Northern Israel following the fall of Samaria in about -722.  So 7th century would be at least a couple decades after that event.

One of his main arguments for this is the theological idea present in E that God is majestic and distant, but available to people in places far from Samaria and Bethel. The more primitive idea was that God was local. (See the story of how Naaman thought he had to carry dirt from Israel back to Damascus in order to worship Israel’s God in 2 Kings 5:16.) But in E God approaches the fathers in Mesopotamia, in the Transjordan…

View original post 741 more words

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. 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. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also 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 entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.