Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus: Hellenistic Histories and the Date of the Pentateuch. By Russell E. Gmirkin. Berossus and. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Feb 6, , John Van Seters and others published Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus: Hellenistic. Colofón Texto a dos col. Port. con esc. xil. del arzobispo Juan Martínez Siliceo Marca tip. al fin Enc. Perg. Sign.: *7, [infinito]8,.·.8, ¶6, A-Z8, a-o8, p Read more.
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Obviously it was seen that a compelling, apologetic history needed to be written that out-did every other apologetic history that was being produced during those times and that is probably what inspired the author to use the techniques he did: Also, the temple in Elephantine does an attest to non-existence of written Torah then, any more than does the later temple at Leontopolis.
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Review of Russell Gmirkin’s Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus
That the Pentateuch, drawing on literary sources found at the Great Library of Alexandria, was composed at almost the same date as the Septuagint translation, provides compelling evidence for some level of communication and collaboration between the authors of the Pentateuch and the Septuagint scholars at Alexandria’s Museum.
See all 6 reviews. I was not persuaded that the first five books of the Hebrew Bible were “composed in their entirely about BCE” in Alexandria. Other than human speech, there is no resemblance between the snake of Genesis and the half-fish-half-human monster of Berossus pp.
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The book is characterized by strident “doubtless” overreaching for novelty, unfortunately, because it results in a thesis which is a work of fiction.
One might have expected, given his thesis, quotes from, say, Berossus in Greek, then the Hebrew Torah, then Greek translation, with detailed comment on how Genesis supposedly depends on Berossus. But if Berossus was able to deduce from Enuma Elish that Tiamat the primeval sea was darkness, then the writer of Gen 1: On pages Gmirkin attempts to reassign text that shows awareness of written Torah away from Hecataeus of Abdera, who most scholars agree wrote this; but that attestation, by itself, disproves Gmirkin’s proposal by predating his imagined composition time.
It was composed in Hebrew with a Greek translation by the same group of scholars at virtually the same time, in —2 bce. Email alerts New issue alert.
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Complete and Unabridged, New Updated Edition. The reactions to the above types of analyses are usually outright rejection even in the face of accumulating mountains of evidence that is considered conclusive in any field of endeavor OTHER than Biblical Criticism.
After all, scholars like Joel Baden and Jefferey Stackert have done substantial work with the documentary hypothesis. Gmirkin does not consider the possibility that Babylonian and Canaanite literary sources lie behind the Exodus story. The Septuagint with Apocrypha: Such a daring claim is based upon the principle that the oldest confirmed date for the existence of the Pentateuch is in the account of the Septuagint translation in the Letter of Aristeas, c.
Sign In or Create an Account. There’s no direct evidence, but Gmirkin assures that it was, doubtless.
Problematic within his presentation of the documentary hypothesis, though, is how broadly he paints it. If some parallel exists between Genesis 1—2 and Enuma Elish that does not appear in Berossus, Gmirkin asserts that it was likely present in the longer original version of Babyloniacathus resorting to argumentum e silentio to make his case pp. Argonauts of the Desert: To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. A s exods title of this book suggests, the author argues for the thesis that the Pentateuch was produced in Egypt under the influence of the two Hellenistic historians, Berossus in Genesis and Manetho in Exodus.
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Reversal of sequence, however, is one way ancient authors marked their reliance on literary sources e. The Ad fathers suggested dependence of Berossus on Genesis 1—11, but Hellenistic scholars e.
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You could not be signed in. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Dear Watson, the Torah was composed anciently over a long time by many, many of whose names I know not. Read more Read less. For Permissions, please email: To him I raise another question: