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

Esias E. Meyer

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 31, No 1 (2010), 6 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v31i1.423

Submitted: 27 July 2010
Published:  24 November 2010


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.

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Esias E. Meyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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