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WHO AUTHORED THE BIBLE? THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

  • Wednesdays | 1-2:30pm or 6:30-8pm
    October 23, 2017 - November 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - October 18, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 13
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FALL SEMESTER 2017
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When we’re studying the Bible, one question that invariably arises is who wrote the Five Books and how were they compiled? Rabbinic commentators affirm that Moses was the author and explain the many repetitions, inconsistencies and contradictions with midrash (interpretive explanations). Modern scholars respond with a critical, historical reading of the text, identifying four primary sources or author schools—E, J, P and D. The composition, today’s scholars posit, was gradual, with various segments being written in response to historical circumstances and changing theological world views.

In this class, we will unravel and examine these strands with a view toward understanding how a critical reading—one that recognizes the multiplicity of voices inherent in the text’s construction—enriches our insight into the Bible’s profound and compelling messages, without undermining its authority or divinity.

The Leon Finley Course in Jewish Studies

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