Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Theodore Laetsch

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Genesis 12:6; Genesis 12:8; Genesis 13:18; Genesis 14:14; Genesis 22:2; Genesis 34:7; Genesis 36:31; Genesis 40:15; Exodus 16:35; Exodus 16:36; Exodus 30:13; Leviticus 19:24-27; Numbers 21:1-3; Numbers 21:14; Numbers 32:41; Deuteronomy 1:1; Deuteronomy 2:12; Deuteronomy 3:11; Deuteronomy 3:14; Deuteronomy 17:14-15; Genesis 13:7; Judges 3:3; Judges 3:5; Matthew 15:2; Joshua 14:11; Exodus 15:15; 1 Kings 8:12; Psalm 89:20; Genesis 35:15; Joshua 16:2; Genesis 35:6;


The history of Pentateuchal criticism shows that the importance of the postmosaica has long been widely recognized. On these alone Rabbi Aben Ezra based his doubts of the integrity of the Pentateuch. In the seventeenth century Peyrerius, Spinoza, and Hobbes again advanced only the postmosnica in their attacks on the Pentateuch, although we suspect that they were motivated ultimately by more sinister motives than a desire to find out the truth in these passages of Moses. Clericus goes a step farther and acknowledges the validity of two arguments against the Pentateuch, that of style, as well as the anachronisms. But even he is ready to concede: “Non ita solutu facilia sunt omnia arguments, quae ex variis locis· Pentateuchi ducuntur.” Carpzov likewise deals almost exclusively with the alleged anachronisms.

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