6) Scriptural scholars emphasize the extent to which the biblical traditions present in Genesis--the Yahvist (J), the Elohist
(E), and the Priestly (P)--seek to overcome the struggles of the gods in creation myths among the peoples surrounding Israel (Rad 6465).
He rejects that the boy could be an angel--though there is mention of an angel in the Elohist
version of the Scripture--or God, who would never have been visible.
Specifically, they found four major time periods and four voices: the Yahwist from the kingdom of Judah, the Elohist
from the kingdom of Israel, the Deuteronomist from the Reformist period and the Priestly from the Kohen period of exile.
Since the eighteenth century scholars have detected multiple authors in the Pentateuch, called JEDP--the Yahwist, the Elohist
, the Deuteronomist, and the priestly writer.
But in the first of many argumentative reversals, Auerbach turns on the Elohist
Paul installed women as leaders in the churches he founded; 43-A; 44-C; 45-B, John's gospel has the washing of the feet story but no bread and wine; 46-B; 47-D; 48-C, the seamless garment is an image for a comprehensive respect for human life; 49-B; 50-C, the four sources are: Yahwist (J), Elohist
, Deuteronomic, and Priestly, referring to characteristics of each source.
There have been five authors identified in the production of these books: the Yahwist (J), the Elohist
(E), the Priestly (P), the Deuteronomist (D), and the Redactor (R).
But when the Elohist
makes God say to Abraham: "Take Isaac, thine only begotten son whom thou lovest," we are not to think that Hebrew is the language spoken by God or that Jehovah, like Zeus, has vocal chords which make audible sounds.
7) Juan Luis Segundo criticized this interpretation and insisted that in the three great, most ancient sources, the Yahwist, the Elohist
, and the Deuteronomist, "there is no trace of this supposed purpose.