Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy (2020)

Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy David E. Bokovoy Authoring the Old Testament Genesis Deuteronomy For the last two centuries biblical scholars have made discoveries and insights about the Old Testament that have greatly changed the way in which the authorship of these ancient scriptures have been
  • Title: Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy
  • Author: David E. Bokovoy
  • ISBN: 9781589585881
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy David E. Bokovoy For the last two centuries, biblical scholars have made discoveries and insights about the Old Testament that have greatly changed the way in which the authorship of these ancient scriptures have been understood In the first of three volumes spanning the entire Hebrew Bible, David Bokovoy dives into the Penateuch, showing how and why textual criticism has led biblical schFor the last two centuries, biblical scholars have made discoveries and insights about the Old Testament that have greatly changed the way in which the authorship of these ancient scriptures have been understood In the first of three volumes spanning the entire Hebrew Bible, David Bokovoy dives into the Penateuch, showing how and why textual criticism has led biblical scholars today to understand the first five books of the Bible as an amalgamation of multiple texts into a single, though often complicated narrative and he discusses what implications those have for Latter day Saint understandings of the Bible and modern scripture.
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  1. Michael Austin

    I enjoyed the first volume of David Bokovoy s Authoring the Old Testament quite a bit It is a book that covers a lot of bases, and that occasionally risks becoming buried in conflicting rhetorical objectives But the author handles the competing demands on his attention admirably, and, in the process, produces a book that does at least three things that really needed doing in the LDS community First, it gives a good, succinct, easily understandable outline of the Documentary Hypothesis, which is [...]

  2. Brent Wilson

    I was really excited to read this book It s the first I ve seen combining modern Biblical scholarship i.e the Documentary Hypothesis with a faithful Mormon reading of the Bible and Joseph Smith s two alternate tellings of the Creation story The Book of Moses and the Book of Abraham His views fit my preexisting views very wel but his extensive knowledge filled in many of the blanks for me.As a faithful latter day saint Bokovoy approaches Restoration scriptures with respect he believes the books [...]

  3. Ryan

    This book explains so much about why the Pentateuch Torah appears the way it does and how Mesopotamian culture the dominant empire s near ancient Israel shaped much of what we have from Genesis to Deuteronomy I am excited to read the Old Testament Hebrew Bible for the first time in my life no exaggeration.Bokovoy then explains the impact to a LDS reader For me, this was a radical paradigm shift regarding the Book of Moses and the Book of Abraham The new take on Abraham was particularly jarring t [...]

  4. Sharman Wilson

    I can tell this book will prove to have had a huge influence on how I read scripture I have known about the Documentary hypothesis for a long time, but Bokovoy shows clearly how it works by following a few well known Biblical stories He then describes another common form of Near Eastern scriptural writing called pseudopygrapha, where authors ascribe their writings to someone of much higher authority to give them credence and gain a wider audience This was not considered unethical or dishonest I [...]

  5. Christian Larsen

    Bokovoy has written THE book every Latter day Saint should read about the Old Testament Too often we are prone to skepticism of biblical scholarship and frequently we read the Old Testament through a haze of false assumptions reinforced by time and tradition Bokovoy a faithful, believing Latter day Saint shows that it is neither scary nor dangerous, but rather, fascinating and enlightening to embrace biblical scholarship and discard erroneous premises which impede our understanding of the text F [...]

  6. Loyd

    This book is long overdue While much amazing research has been done on the composition of the Hebrew Bible in the last two centuries, Mormons are generally ignorant of these things and maintain a near fundamentalist traditional approach to the Bible.In this volume, Bokovoy not only discusses how the first five books of the Bible came to be, but does so in a way that is accessible to Latter day Saints He then takes and open and honest approach in looking at the ways in which biblical research may [...]

  7. Brad Kuhn

    Highly recommend this to any LDS readers interested in learning about the documentary hypothesis Very clearly written looking forward to reading the rest of the series as they come out.

  8. Thomas Blasucci

    I find Bokovoy s work to be incredibly insightful however, it s not something every Latter day Saint reader will enjoy due to its bold claims and niche subject matter.The common theme woven throughout nearly all of Bokovoy s work is that scripture is mostly midrashic and pseudepigraphic, rather than being literal and verbatim If you feel that today s LDS apologists are misguided in their complex rationalizations in response to scriptural criticism, I d recommend this book Without question, The B [...]

  9. Austin

    A very good intro reference book, and unique in its consideration of Mormon angles A bit clunky in places, but overall a very good and useful read

  10. Sally

    ch1 The Pentateuch has discrepancies, contradictions, beginning with the Creation These are clues to authorship Legal collections make up a fair chunk ch2 Historical Criticism, Documentary Hypothesis The texts we have were scribed by various Jewish groups, times, schools of thought, long after the events transpired, or the stories evolved ch3 Pentateuch never claims Moses is author author implies written record, source implies oral tradition Sources are referred to as E, J, P, and D see chart p7 [...]

  11. Carl

    Who Wrote the Bible was one of my top 10 most influential books of all time, when I decided to write that list up for my personal blog, so I m not unfamiliar with the basics of the Documentary Hypothesis This book, therefore, I was reading for mostly the author s commentary on what the Documentary Hypothesis, if it is true and I bet that it is , means for Mormon scripture I found that portion of the book interesting, even if I don t think that I completely agree with his conclusions I did find t [...]

  12. Mike Day

    This book was awesome If you have never heard of the DH the Documentary Hypothesis, this book will explain it in a way that is convincing Bokovoy is a colleague and a great writer I hope he does part 2 If you want to understand the Old Testament in a way that you have not before considered, and you have an open mind, this book is for you I also have loved other books by Richard Friedman as well that demonstrate that the Old Testament is a work of many scribes or schools , many of which have dive [...]

  13. David Mortensen

    I read the book because I wanted to be in a better position to explain the Documentary Hypothesis and historical criticism to other Latter day Saints Specifically, I wanted to be able to present the ideas surrounding the Documentary Hypothesis in a way that would not seem hostile to open minded but orthodox Mormons In many ways, this book succeeds in achieving this end It uses, where possible, parallels between the development of Latter day Saint scripture and the Hebrew Bible to make the findin [...]

  14. BHodges

    David Bokovoy is a solid scholar of the Hebrew Bible and a believing member of the LDS Church This book represents his best effort at presenting the fruits of his education to his fellow Church members in order to help them better understand and appreciate the Old Testament Members of the Church will be brought up to speed on a century of biblical scholarship they ve likely never heard about before Readers don t need to agree with everything in the book in order to make it worth reading At the v [...]

  15. Mike Day

    If you want a scholarly understanding of how the Old Testament came to be, but you are not a trained scholar, this book is for you David does an excellent work in explaining complicated issues in a way that normal people can understand how the Old Testament came to be I cannot wait for part 2 to become available Keep writing David

  16. Cayenne

    I m so glad I read this book A great stepping off point for further understanding of the Bible The last part about connecting it to LDS scripture got a little over my head sometimes, but still very interesting.

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