The textual tradition know as the Yahwist (J) was so named by academics because of its consistent and unequivocal use of the god of Israel’s name, Yahweh. Even though the divine name appears approximately 1,800 times in the Pentateuch alone, the other Pentateuchal sources (Elohist, Deuteronomist, and Priestly) restrain from using it prior to its revelation to Moses in Exodus: at 3:14-15 in the Elohist tradition and at 6:2-8 in the Priestly tradition. Only the Yahwist text, in other words, affirms and acknowledges—in contradiction to the claims of the later Priestly source—that the name Yahweh was known to and frequently invoked by the patriarchs prior to its revelation. Indeed, it is for this reason that the Yahwist tradition does not narrate a revelation of the divine name. According to this tradition, it was known right from the first generation of mortals (Gen 4:26). This is merely one of dozens of … Read more
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Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate:
Being Honest to the Text, Its Author, and His Beliefs
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part III)
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part II)
- Did Moses Lie to Us? A Textual Journey (Part 1)
- Genesis 1:1-2:3 on Its Own Terms and in Its Own Historical and Literary Context
- Genesis 1:1-2 — not a Creation ex nihilo
- Genesis 1:3-5 — Day is Light
- Genesis 1:6-8 — Life Inside a Water Bubble
- Genesis 1:9-10 — The Creation of the Material Substance Earth, Not the Planet!
- Genesis 1:14-19 — The Creation of the Luminaries to Keep Yahweh’s Festivals
- Genesis 1:24-28 — Mankind, More than just an Animal
- Genesis 2:2-3 — Sacred Time Embedded into the Creation
- Genesis 2:4b-25 on Its Own Terms and in Its Own Historical and Literary Context
- Genesis 2:4b — Observing Thematic and Stylistic Differences
- Genesis 2:5 — Man and Rain: Prerequisites to the Creation of Plants
- Genesis 2:6-7 — Yahweh Molds an Earthling!
- Genesis 2:18-20 — Man and the Animals from the Ground, Woman from Man
- Matthew’s Jesus and the Criterion of Righteousness
- Introduction to Forthcoming Contradictions in the Bible
- Style, Vocabulary, and Message
- The Book of Deuteronomy: A Brief Introduction
- Using Moses to Rewrite History
- The Bible’s Contradictory Stories and “Histories”
- How do we know that the biblical writers were not writing history?
- Ancient Stories and the Bible’s stories
- Genesis 1 and the Creationism Debate:
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