Cc: Synoptic, GPG
On: Pentateuch and the Higher Criticism
As a pendant and qualification to my earlier remark about the
reception of the higher-criticism analysis of the Pentateuch, let it
be acknowledged that this has always been rocky in faith circles.
Those in search of amusement (I cannot offer them unmixed edification)
may like to consult the Symposium "Shall the Analyzed Pentateuch be
Published in the Old Testament Student?" See The Old Testament
Student, v7 #10 (June 1888) 312-319. The voices of reason here mingle
nicely with the screams of outrage. The analysis in question is that
of Wellhausen, which was current at that time; there had of course
been earlier efforts along those lines also.
The thing is available to those to whom JSTOR is available. For those
without, I may venture to quote one of the screams of outrage:
"I think a full publication of the documents claimed by Wellhausen (by
different kinds of type) in the O T Student would be an excellent
testimony to the public of the wildness of his fancies" - Howard
Crosby, New York City.
These are the theological circles in which "Analyst" is as much a term
of contempt as is "Liberal" in certain political circles at the
So it goes. If "goes" is exactly the word I want.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The thing was nevertheless much in the air at that time, and not only
in the version of Wellhausen. For a color printing of the Genesis
analysis of Kautsch and Socin (2ed 1891), see Bissell, Genesis Printed
in Colors, Belknap & Warfield 1892. There are six colors employed:
black, blue, green, lemon, orange, and red.
As an editor, I feel a certain twinge at that. There are bits of
analysis which are greatly facilitated by color contrasts, but are
very difficult to render anywhere near as graphically in black and
white, typefonts or no typefonts. To the latter I am limited for
fiscal reasons in the forthcoming journal, but it is a pity. Some
problems can use the full range of explanatory resources.
Maybe somewhere else, sometime else.