The Pentateuch Paperback

A Social-Science Commentary

by John van Seters;


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The Pentateuch

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In this magisterial overview of the Pentateuch John Van Seters reviews the various historical-critical attempts to read it that arise from notions about the social evolution of Israel's religion and culture. Is the Pentateuch an accumulation of folk traditions, a work of ancient historiography, a document legitimizing religious reform? In dialogue with competing views, Van Seters advocates a compositional model that recognizes the social and historical diversity of the literary strata. Van Seters argues that a proto-Pentateuchal author created a comprehensive history from Genesis to Numbers that was written as a prologue to the Deuteronomistic History (Deuteronomy to 2 Kings) in the exilic period and later expanded by a Priestly writer to make it the foundational document of the Jerusalem temple community. This social-science commentary on the Pentateuch is renowned as one of the most influential volumes on this group of texts. For the new edition Van Seters has revised several sections of the text, updating and integrating new bibliographical items, and refining the text where necessary. A reflective preface summarizes these changes and developments for the reader's convenience.

The Pentateuch by John van Seters was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in September 2015. The ISBN for The Pentateuch is 9780567658791.

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Page last updated 18th January 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (September 2015)
Edition3rd Revised edition
Weight454g
Number of Pages224
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567658791
ISBN-100567658791
Product Code4320011
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