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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 | a423 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.423 | © 2010 Esias E. Meyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2010 | Published: 24 November 2010

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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.


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


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