The theory that would become JEDP, began with questions of word use. Why do some passages refer to God as “God,” others as “the LORD,” and others as “Lord GOD?” Why do some passages call Moses’ mountain “Sinai” and others “Horeb?” As one sorts these things out, it becomes clear that each of the four supposed authors is distinctive not just in word use, but also in writing style, interests, beliefs, and even politics. Continue reading More about the Priestly Source
There is no truth without love.
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According to 2 Kings 24:3, the Babylonian Exile was God’s punishment upon the nation for the sins of Manasseh. In the thinking of ancient times, the righteousness or sin of a king was attributed also to the nation as a whole. See also 2 Kings 21:10-15 and 2 Kings 23:26-27.