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Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research

Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel
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Paradigm Change
in Pentateuchal Research
Prof. Dr. Matthias Armgardt, University of Konstanz
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kilchör, STH Basel
Prof. Dr. Markus Zehnder, Biola University Los Angeles
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Paradigm Change
in Pentateuchal Research
16-18 March 2017
United Biblegroups of Switzerland
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Both in Judaism and in Christianity, the Pentateuch forms
the first and fundamental piece of the Bible and in many
ways can be seen as the basic document of Western reli-
gious history. The paradigm for the study of the Pentateuch
that currently prevails in Biblical Studies dates from the 19th
century and forms a cornerstone of Biblical Studies and of
the reconstruction of the history of ancient Israel. This para-
digm extends to the narratives of the Pentateuch as well as
to its legal collections. According to this paradigm, the Pen-
tateuch was composed over a long period, with the three
most important stages JE (from before the Deuteronomy),
D (the core of Deuteronomy, dated in the 7th century) and
P (Priestly texts, from the exilic and postexilic periods).
This paradigm was established by Julius Wellhausen's «Prole-
gomena zur Geschichte Israels» (1878). It has been modified
in many ways since its invention, and in the last thirty years
it has been subject to various criticisms even by representa-
tives of theological schools that were previously defending
it; nevertheless, nofundamental paradigm shift has taken
place to this date.
It is the aim of this conference to discuss this paradigm
critically and to explore whether a fundamental paradigm
change can overcome the current impasse of old models
and open new approaches to the understanding of the Pen-
tateuch. The international speakers are experts in the fields
of Biblical Studies, Legal History, Linguistics, and Ancient
Near Eastern Studies.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
09.15 Opening
09.30–10.30 Georg Fischer, University of Innsbruck,
Time for a Change! Why Pentateuchal
Analysis is in a Crisis
10.30–11.00 Coffee Break
11.00–12.00 Richard Averbeck, Trinity International
University, Deerfield IL, USA
Reading the Torah in a Better Way:
the Manifold Unity of Narrative, Law,
and Priestly Writing
12.00–13.30 Lunch Break
13.30–14.30 Matthias Armgardt, University of Konstanz,
The Law Codes in the Pentateuch
14.30–15.30 Guido Pfeifer, Goethe University,
Frankfurt a.M., Germany
The Pentateuch Paradigm and Ancient
Near Eastern Legal History - a Look back
from the Environment
15.30–16.00 Coffee Break
16.00–17.00 Markus Zehnder, Biola University,
Los Angeles, USA
The Relationship of Leviticus 26 and
Deuteronomy 28
17.00–18.00 Benjamin Kilchör, STH Basel, Switzerland
Wellhausen’s Five Pillars for the Priority
of D over P/H and their Lost Sustainability
Friday, 17 March 2017
09.00–10.00 Joshua Berman, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv,
The Limits of Source Criticism: The Flood
Narrative in Genesis 6–9
10.00–11.00 Lina Petersson, Uppsala University, Sweden
The Linguistic Profile of the Priestly
Narrative of the Pentateuch
11.00–11.30 Coffee Break
11.30–12.30 Eckart Otto, University of Munich, Germany
Deuteronomy as the Legal Completion
and Prophetic Finale of the Pentateuch
12.30–14.00 Lunch Break
14.00–15.00 Kenneth Bergland, Andrews University,
Berrien Springs MI, USA
The Reception of Torah in Jer 34 as a
Legal Blend of Lev 25 and Deut 15
15.00–16.00 Carsten Vang, Lutheran School of Theology
Aarhus, Denmark
The Non-Prophetic Background for the
King Law in Deut 17:14-20
16.00–16.30 Coffee Break
16.30–17.30 John Bergsma, Franciscan University of
Steubenville, OH, USA
A ‹Samaritan› Pentateuch?
The Implications of the Pro-Northern
Tendency of the Completed Torah
17.30–18.00 Koert van Bekkum, Theological University
Kampen, Netherlands
The Divine Revelation of the Name.
Warranted and Unwarranted Confidence
in the Literary-Critical Analysis of Exodus
3 and 6
Saturday, 18 March 2017
09.00–10.00 Jan Retsö, Gothenburg University, Sweden
The Tabernacle Description and the
Dating of the Priestly Code:
A Comparative Religious Approach
10.00–11.00 Sandra Richter, Wheaton College, IL, USA
Silver in the Book of Deuteronomy:
A Key to the Provenance of the Book?
11.00–11.30 Coffee Break
11.30–12.30 Pekka Pitkänen, University of Gloucester-
shire, Cheltenham, England
Reconstructing the Social Contexts of
the Priestly and Deuteronomic Materials
in a Non-Wellhausian Setting
12.30–14.00 Lunch Break
14.00–15.00 Final Discussion
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