The Various Critical Methods Employed in Torah/Pentateuch Criticism and the Arguments for the Analysis of the Torah/Pentateuch

The lecture commences with a treatment, which includes an overview of the building-blocks of source, form, traditio-historical and literary criticism. These critical methods have been extensively used regarding the analysis of the Torah/Pentateuch. Further aspects of the presentation include the following: the traditional ascription of the Torah/Pentateuch to Moses, distinctive vocabulary, the divine names in Genesis/Bereshit, doublets, diversity of ideas, literary phenomena, the J and E sources, the P source, the L source and the problem of Deuteronomy/Devarim. The lecture summarizes the topics tackled with their implications for the history of Israelite religion.