The Impact of the JEDP Theory on the Book of Deuteronomy

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Gerard Bernard


As part of the Pentateuch, the book of Deuteronomy has been affected by the JEDP theory more negatively than positively. The JEDP theory presupposes that there is no supernatural revelation in the book of Deuteronomy. As a result, the book of Deuteronomy is treated like any other literature. Hermeneutically, the presupposition has severely affected the process and the methodology of interpretation. The elements of authorship, dating, purpose, and occasion were altered. The texts were dissected in such a way as if they were not united in order to find the meaning behind a particular text. Thus the message of the book of Deuteronomy was affected.


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