By Philippe Wajdenbaum
'Argonauts of the desolate tract' offers a progressive new observation at the Bible and its origins, arguing that the majority biblical tales and legislation have been encouraged by way of Greek literature. From Genesis to Kings, the books of the Bible could have been written through a unmarried writer, a Hellenized Judean pupil who used Plato's perfect kingdom within the legislation as a prime resource. As such, biblical Israel is a game of that twelve tribes kingdom and the tales surrounding the beginning, lifestyles and loss of life of that nation have been encouraged via Greek epics. each one bankruptcy offers the biblical fabric and compares this to the Greek or Roman equivalents, discussing similarities and ameliorations.
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We will only have found the one who remained famous for theorizing these subjects—Plato. Biblical Criticism and the Documentary Hypothesis Both Jewish and Christian tradition hold that Moses wrote the ¿ve ¿rst books of the Bible (called the Torah, Law or Pentateuch) and that this collection is the word of God. But Deuteronomy ends with the death of Moses. , in Spinoza’s Theological and Political Treatise, Spinoza wonders how Moses could have written about his own death in Deuteronomy. According to Spinoza, the biblical author would have used previous documents that he may have compiled.
The compilers of the Hebrew canon would have chosen not to include these books as their Bible as they had to ¿nish their tale before the Hellenistic era. ), albeit in the form of prophecy. Books such as Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, which biblical criticism usually admits as being Hellenistic, were attributed to Solomon in order to ¿t in the canon. Lemche denounces circular reasoning in the dating of the Bible, as does Davies. ; this should be considered the terminus ad quem for it, or, more reasonably, the fragmented scrolls of Qumran.
But, most of these documents (except for the annals of the kings of Israel and Judah53) had never really been lost: they are the Greek classical texts. Even though my theory contradicts the documentary hypothesis, it does indicate that there were sources that preceded the Bible, so it could be called, quite ironically, the ‘Hellenic documentary hypothesis’. The main difference with the traditional hypothesis is that with mine I am able to render these sources, which allows me to break the logical circle in which biblical scholarship has been held for centuries, which sought the Bible’s sources only within the Bible itself.
Argonauts of the Desert: Structural Analysis of the Hebrew Bible by Philippe Wajdenbaum