The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction

Sun, 25/05/2014 to Thu, 29/05/2014



Jan Gertz (Heidelberg University)
Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota)
Dalit Rom-Shiloni (Tel Aviv University)
Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich)


But it was in vain that I looked for the light which was to be shed from this source [the Law, or the Pentateuch] on the historical and prophetical books. On the contrary, my enjoyment of the latter was marred by the Law; it did not bring them any nearer me, but intruded itself uneasily, like a ghost that makes a noise indeed, but is not visible and really effects nothing.

Julius Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the History of Israel (1870)


This major international conference explores the fundamental research problem defined so clearly by Wellhausen over a century ago. The primary focus will be the formation of the Pentateuch and its dynamic interaction with both the prophetic corpus and the historiographic literature of the Hebrew Bible.  Particular attention will be paid to crucial methodological issues such as the problem of narrative continuity in the ancient world, linguistic dating of biblical texts, the significance of archaeology and historical geography, and the relevance of Second Temple literature for understanding the formation of the Pentateuch.  The conference, which features several interactive workshop sessions, is structured to encourage significant time for discussion among participants.


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