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The Documentary Hypothesis 9/24/2010 - by Duane Garrett

The time has long passed for scholars of every theological persuasion to recognize that the Graf-Wellhausen theory, as a starting point for continued research, is dead. The Documentary Hypothesis and the arguments that support it have been effectively demolished by scholars from many different theological perspectives and areas of expertise. Even so, the ghost of Wellhausen hovers over Old Testament studies and symposiums like a thick fog, adding nothing of substance but effectively obscuring vision. Although actually incompatible with form-critical and archaeology-based studies, the Documentary Hypothesis has managed to remain the mainstay of critical orthodoxy. One wonders if we will ever return to the day when discussions of Genesis will not be stilted by interminable references to P and J. There are indications that such a day is coming. Many scholars are exploring the inadequacies of the Documentary Hypothesis and looking toward new models for explaining the Pentateuch.

Historical Narrative and Truth in the Bible 2/20/2009 - by Grant R Osborne PhD

We must work with the literary as well as the historical dimensions of Biblical narrative. They cannot be separated into isolated compartments...

Prayer Letter from ABR Director of Research 6/5/2007 - by Bryant G. Wood PhD

It began in Europe. Over the course of the 19th and early 20 centuries, the seeds of doubt in the veracity of Scripture...

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