As we prepare to get stuck into Torah in 2019, here's the first 4QS minicast! It's a brief introduction to source critical theories of composition, particularly focusing on the modern form of the Documentary Hypothesis. I also give a quick intro to other composition theories, and discuss the important question: why does it matter?

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This is one of those areas of Bible study that can really enrich our understanding of what the inspired writers were trying to communicate, and why. As we go through Torah, we'll be considering the different narrative traditions that it comprises, but we'll also be talking about the significance of the Torah narrative as an integrated whole.

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Baden, Joel S. (2012). The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis, The Anchor Yale Bible reference library. New Haven & London: Yale University Press.
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