116 I have sought to show that Whybray's attempt to refute the analysis of the flood story into the sources J and P and to replace it by the hypothesis of a single author who had a basic account and supplemented it with "fragmentary motifs" is unsuccessful. Here, at least, the source theory is more probable than Whybray's alternative. The two strands in this story have affinities with other parts of the Pentateuch, and I believe Whybray's s arguments elsewhere to be also open to criticism. To examine in detail his treatment of all the other passages mentioned in his book would require more space than is available in a review, but this test case will serve to illustrate why I am not convinced by the general thesis advanced in Part I of this book. Part III presupposes the conclusions reached in Parts I and II. If, how- ever, the conclusions of Part I are found unconvincing, then the sugges- tions in Part III become questionable. In any case, the success of the "alternative approach" would need to be tested by its thorough applica- tion to the details of the whole Pentateuch to show its superiority to the
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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