Charles Van Doren, in A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future: the Pivotal Events, People, and Chievements of World History (Ballantine Books: New York), 1991

Van Doren stated:

“The authorship of Genesis has been one of the most discussed issues in biblical studies. .. Traditionally, Moses (Note:  1400 B.C. – 1300 B.C.) was regarded as the main author of Genesis and the following four books. However, it was accepted  that certain remarks (e.g. Genesis 12:6; 36:31) showed that some parts of the book had been added later. 

The text of Genesis does not claim Moses as its author, in any case.  From the 19th century A.D. onwards mainline critical scholarship minimized the role of Moses in the compositionof the Pentateuch.

Indeed, the most widely-accepted view came to be that Genesis was composed from three major sources:”J” (10th century B.C..) “E”  (9th century B.C..) and “P”  (6th century B.C.).   Genesis, it was held, went through a series of modifications with new material being added with each new edition.   ... So far, no theory has emerged to replace the old source – critical consensus, so it is stilll assumed in many textbooks and commentaries. …

New Bible Commentary 21st Edition, Consulting Editors: D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, U.s.a.; R. T. France, Principal, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Uk; J. A. Motyer, Formerly Principal, Trinity College, Bristol, Uk; G. J. Wenham, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, Uk (Inter-varsity Press: Leicdster, England; Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, Usa), 1994 indicates:

Using the Bible as history would involve discussing the history or folk history of the Hebrews as an identifiable ethnic, racial, or population group in existence during human history prior to the historical exile of the Jews in 586 B.C. extending back to the time of Abraham historically indicated to have been close to the beginning of the Second Millennium B.C. (2000 B.C. – 1000 B.C.)

The period of the time of Moses (1350 – 1230 B.C.)

the settlement of Canaan about 1300 B.C. – 1220 B.C.,

The period of time of Joshua, 1300,  the Exodus, 1280 or 1260 B.C., and the crossing of the Jordan, 1240 – 1220

and the period of the two united Kingdoms of Israel and Judah from about 900 B.C. to 600 B.C.

New Bible Commentary 21st Edition, Consulting Editors: D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, U.s.a.; R. T. France, Principal, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Uk; J. A. Motyer, Formerly Principal, Trinity College, Bristol, Uk; G. J. Wenham, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, Uk (Inter-varsity Press: Leicdster, England; Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, Usa), 1994:

Egyptian Chronology:

Hebrew History – Egyptian History

2000 B.C. B 1825 B.C. B Abraham                          

Pharaoh Sesostris I – 2212 B.C.

1900 B.C. B 1720 B.C. – Isaac

1800 – 1700 Jacob

1750 – 1640 Joseph

 

931/930 910/909 – Israel – Jeroboam  I         

931/930 – 913 – Judah – Rehoboam   

(Shishak)

910/909 – 909/908 Nadad       925 Sheshonq invades Palestine

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About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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