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By Christoph Levin

This quantity includes 15 papers written by means of Christoph Levin among 2001 and 2011, 4 of them unpublished. One major concentration is at the Pentateuch, generally at the oldest entire narrative resource, the Yahwist, which was once written firstly of the Jewish diaspora. One paper supplies an overview of the positive factors of this resource as they emerge as a result of an inquiry into their redaction historical past. moreover the total textual content of the Yahwist's heritage is given in an English translation, the assets utilized by the editor being exceptional from the editorial textual content. different papers care for unmarried tales of the Yahwist's heritage, resembling the narrative of production and fall in Gen 2-3, the tale of Joseph's destiny in Egypt in Gen 39, the tale of the decision of Moses in Exod three, and the tale of the miracle on the sea in Exod 14. A moment concentration is at the books of Kings, on their chronological constitution in addition to at the ultimate chapters 2 Kgs 24-25. the writer offers with the prophetical books, specifically with the theology of the observe of God within the ebook of Jeremiah and with the day of Yahweh in the e-book of Zephaniah. He additionally experiences the Israelite faith for the duration of the monarchy, the origins of biblical Covenant theology, and the previous testomony perspective to poverty. all of the papers are in response to a close research into the literary progress of the biblical textual content. the writer exhibits that the outdated testomony as we all know it originated from a means of continuous re-reading in the course of the moment Temple interval.

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Under Jacob’s care, Laban’s cattle multiply greatly. When Joseph is living in the Egyptian’s house, his master sees “that Yahweh was with him” (Gen 39:3), and he puts Joseph in charge of his property. “From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, Yahweh blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of Yahweh was upon all that he had, in house and field” (v. 5). Even when Joseph is in prison, the warder “committed to Joseph’s care all the The Yahwist: The Earliest Editor in the Pentateuch 15 prisoners who were in the prison” (v.

____________ * The pre-Yahwistic narrative sources are given in normal script. g. in Gen 4). g. the gap between primeval history and patriarchal history in Gen 11:8 and 29). g. between Gen 5:32 and 6:1 as well as between Gen 9:18 and 19 for the insertion of the flood story). The editor’s own text is marked by italics. His contributions constitute the latest level of the text as far as it is shown, the nonJ-text being marked by omission signs […]. Omissons that presumably go back to the editor RJP are hypothetically filled up by [other types] according to the parallel account in the Priestly document P.

Gen 19:5); Esau to Jacob’s servant: “To whom do you belong? Where are you going? ” (Gen 32:18); Joseph to the man in Shechem: “I am seeking my brothers; tell me, I pray you, where they are pasturing the flock” (Gen 37:16); the priest in Midian to his daughters: “Where is he? ” (Exod 2:20). ” (Num 11:23). 58 We find favorable announcements of this kind in Gen 2:18; 5:29; 8:21; 12:2–3; 16:11; 18:10; 26:3; 28:15a; 31:3; 37:11; Exod 3:7–8; 14:30; Num 11:23. The Yahwist: The Earliest Editor in the Pentateuch 21 VII I have demonstrated that a pre-Priestly and non-Deuteronomistic work shaped the narrative basis of the books of Genesis through Numbers.

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