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Pentateuch, Hexateuch, or Enneateuch: Identifying Literary Works in Genesis through Kings
Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid, Thomas Romer
Publication Date
November 2011


In the wake of redaction criticism, can we identify literary works in the formation of the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets?

The identification of literary works in the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets dominated modern historical-critical interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. Though theories of a Tetrateuch, a Hexateuch, or a Deuteronomistic History played a central role in recovering the literary history of the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets, the breakdown of these methodologies in recent research has forced scholars to reevaluate the criteria for identifying literary works in the formation of the Hebrew Bible. Scholars from the Pentateuch Section and the Deuteronomistic History Section of SBL explore anew the criteria by which interpreters identify literary works in these books as a means of recovering the composition history of ancient literature. Both North American and European approaches to the topic meet in conversation in methodological essays and case studies that are essential reading for scholars and students of the Hebrew Bible.

Thomas B. Dozeman is Professor of Hebrew Bible at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of Methods in Biblical Interpretation: The Book of Exodus (Cambridge University Press), Exodus (Eerdmans Critical Commentary), and, with Konrad Schmid, the editor of A Farewell to the Yahwist? The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Interpretation (Society of Biblical Literature).

Konrad Schmid is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Zürich. He is the author of Literaturgeschichte des Alten Testaments: Eine Einführung (WBG), Hiob als biblisches und antikes Buch: Historische und intellektuelle Kontexte seiner Theologie (Katholisches Bibelwerk), and Genesis and the Moses Story: Israel’s Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible (Eisenbrauns).

Thomas Römer is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Lausanne and the Collège de France, Paris. He is the author of Israels Väter: Untersuchungen zur Väterthematik im Deuteronomium und in der deuteronomistischen Tradition (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht), Dieu obscur: Cruauté, sexe, et violence dans l’Ancien Testament (Labor et Fides), and The So-Called Deuteronomistic History: A Sociological, Historical and Literary Introduction (T&T Clark).

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