An Introduction to the Old Testament: Lecture 5
Professor Christine Hayes's previous lectures on the Old Testament have provoked more than a little controversy in some sections of the Will & Testament community. I suspect there will be considerable reaction to the next lecture.
I say that because we now turn to the so-called "modern critical study of the Bible". That is an approach to the Old and New Testament that draws on historical, literary and archaeological methods to examine questions of provenance, context, authorship and consistency. In Professor Hayes's summary, she considers "source theories and Wellhausen's Documentary Hypothesis (see diagram), as well as form criticism and tradition criticism. The main characteristics of each biblical source (J, E, P, and D) according to classic source theory are explained. This lecture also raises the question of the historical accuracy of the Bible and the relation of archaeology to the biblical record."