Wednesday, February 3, 2010

sources for geese


A thousand thousand,
once Wellhausened,
call his sources
tour de forces,
though the Jahwist
won’t be missed,
and Elohist’s

The Deuteronomist
may head the list
for those who do not hold their noses
at Moses,
but works of P
work best for me;
Code of Holiness
raises lowliness.

Inspired by a discussion at the UCLA Hillel House of the largely discredited source theory of the brilliant nineteenth century Bible scholar Julius Wellhausen, more recently popularized by Richard Elliot Friedman, who was a college friend of Mark Kleiman, who chaired the discussion. David Lefkowitz had asked me to give a brief outline, which I do here, in rhyme.


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