Richard Horsley's In The Shadow Of Empire: Book Analysis

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Since the seventeenth century, Biblical writers, scholars and interpreters have surmised that the Bible was written by many different people, with multiple revelations. The result is a compilation of opinions that present the voice of God in a written format by human beings. The evidence for such a hypothesis is contained in the writing of Carr and Conway’s An Introduction to the Bible, as well as Richard Horsley’s In the Shadow of Empire. Both of these authors refer to source text identifying “Yahwistic Sources (J) as a derivative form the German language, and (E) the “Elohistic Source derived from the divine name Elohim, which means ‘god’ in Hebrew (Carr Pg. 165). The mystery of this name was often considered so sacred or revered that it would be written only with the consonants YHWH. Most translations refer to this a YAHWEH or Lord, for which the Hebrew word is Adonai. What is apparent is the overriding message that even though there are multiple interpretations and perceptions of God, the Bible “is an account of the actions of God in the world with a certain subset …show more content…
On the contrary, they were members of the royal leadership and/or other non-priestly elite scholars who drew on their knowledge of older compositions to write a new overall story of their people’s life before they possessed the land (163). Lay Source, as defined by Carr and Conway is a term used in this to, Designate a hypothesized source of the Pentateuch that included most of the material in the Pentateuch not assigned to the Priestly Source (P) in the Tetrateuch, along with Deuteronomy. This material is called the lay source (L) because it seems to have been put together and transmitted by authors outside the priesthood. Most other scholars would designate this body of texts simply as non- Priestly (or non-P).

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