ISBN This book has a bold thesis and detailed argumentation: The Pentateuch was written in the third century BCE circa by the same Jewish scholars who translated the Hebrew text into Greek pp. The primary literary evidence for this late dating comes from two Hellenistic historians, Berossus and Manetho, whom Gmirkin identifies as major figures of influence in the production of the Pentateuch. The simplicity of this model is stressed p. The Church fathers suggested dependence of Berossus on Genesis , but Hellenistic scholars e.

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Contents may have variations from the printed book or be incomplete or contain other coding. Methodology and History of Scholarship 15 1. Methodology 16 2. History of Scholarship 22 3. Methodological Considerations 53 Chapter Two.

The Documentary Hypothesis 62 1. Historical Premises of the Documentary Hypothesis 67 2. The Elephantine Papyri 47 Chapter Three. Hecataeus of Abdera 54 1. The Earliest Greek Writers on the Jews 54 2. Diodorus Book 40 60 3. Theophanes and Diodorus Book 40 62 4. Analysis of Diodorus Siculus, Library Summary Conclusions on The Date of Hecataeus 97 7.

Strabo and Theophanes 99 Chapter Four. Aristobulus and the Septuagint 1. Pseudo-Hecataeus 2. Aristobulus 3. The Letter of Aristeas 4. The Septuagint Chapter Five. Berossus and Genesis 1. Creation 2. Darkness and Water 3. The Garden of Eden 4. Eden and The Gilgamesh Epic 5. The Serpent 6.

The Sumerian King List 7. Culture Heroes 8. The Flood 9. Nimrod The Construction of the Tower of Babel The Story of the Tower of Babel Creation-Flood Genre General Conclusions Chapter Six. The Table of Nations 1. Lydia and the Sons of Shem 2.

The Sons of Japhet Geographical Analysis 3. The Sons of Japhet Historical Analysis 4. The Sons of Javan 5. The Sons of Ham 6. Manetho and the Hyksos 1. Manetho and the Hyksos 2. Conclusions Chapter Eight. Manetho and the Polluted Egyptians 1. Detailed Commentary 2. Manetho and The Exodus Chapter Nine. Nectanebos and Moses Chapter Ten. The Route of the Exodus 1. Toponyms in the Exodus Account 2. The Crossing of the Red Sea 3. Conclusion Chapter Eleven. Date and Authorship of the Pentateuch 1. Date of Composition 2.

Provenance and Authorship 3. The Septuagint Tradition Appendix A. Berossus and Megasthenes Appendix B. Theophanes of Mytilene 1.

Theophanes of Mytilene on the Jews 2. The Samaritan Pentateuch Appendix D. The Rivers of Eden Appendix E. Tarsus and the Nora Inscription Appendix F. Seth-Typhon and the Jews 1. The Egyptian Seth Cult 2. The Saite Period 3. The Persian Occupation 4. Manetho 5. Hebrew Bible 6. Mnaseas of Patara 7. Antiochus IV 8. Apollonius Molon 9. Posidonius Pompey and Theophanes Pentateuch -- Authorship.

Greek literature, Hellenistic -- History and criticism. Berosus, the Chaldean.


Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus

Posted in B. I did so only because the nearby University of Oregon Library possesses a copy. Russell E. At pages, the book contains eleven chapters and six appendices. Gmirkin presents a novel and revolutionary analysis of the event we know as the birth of the Septuagint. He considers overlooked literary precursors and arrives at two astonishing conclusions p. If Gmirkin is correct, of course, then the long-standing Documentary Hypothesis is dead in the water.


Berossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus: Hellenistic Histories and the Date of the Pentateuch

You do not currently have access to this article. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Genesis features the same three types of myth that comprise the majority of the Odyssey: Thus, he underlines the importance of distinguishing statements of Manetho from those bwrossus Josephus who identified the Hyksos with the Jews on the basis of the similarities between the Israelites of the Exodus story and the Hyksos of Manetho pp. You could not be signed in.

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