Gaines-P as built upon a lyrical epic


I am reporting on my read of The Poetic Priestly Source by Jason M. H. Gaines.

In between the very specialized analysis of Hebrew passages in P according to his yardstick for what constitutes poetry and what constitutes prose, Gaines gives a useful survey of the ways previous scholars have understood the priestly source. He includes a number of scholars I have read and interacted with.

One of them is Frank Moore Cross. Cross, if his theory is correct,  undermines the whole idea that P was ever a source separate from non-P.  Cross noticed that in the Jacob story, for instance, P has no story of the birth of Jacob and Esau nor of Jacob acquiring wives. So Cross thought P had put his material into an already-existing narrative as a supplement. So P used non-P as a source, but was not itself a source.

To this Gaines responds:


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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.
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