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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 n.1 Pretoria  2010 



Dating the Priestly text in the pre-exilic period: Some remarks about anachronistic slips and other obstacles



Esias E. Meyer

Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa





This article engages with the work of scholars such as Jacob Milgrom and Avi Hurvitz on dating the Priestly text (P) in the pre-exilic period. In response to Wellhausen's argument that P is guilty of archaising, Milgrom and Hurvitz have always maintained that there would be some 'anachronistic slips'. In this article the author points out a few examples from Leviticus which could be understood as 'anachronistic slips'. The author also shows the difficulties one encounters when attempting to interpret a text such as Leviticus 26 in the pre-exilic period.

Keywords: anachronistic slips; Holiness Code; Kaufmann School; Leviticus 26; Priestly Text



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Esias Meyer
Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria
Lynnwood Road
Pretoria 0002
South Africa

Received: 27 July 2010
Accepted: 15 Oct. 2010
Published: 24 Nov. 2010

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