J, E, D, P AND THE RDP: BIBLICAL SOURCES FOR TRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION
AbstractAt a time when enigmatic titles are trendy there is no need to account for a title such as this article carries. But I do want to explain how I came to the title because the explanation has at its center a major (implicit) concern within Biblical Studies. What are biblical scholars doing when they read the Bible? This is a complex and difficult question to answer, but we can begin to approach an answer by briefly examining a case of a biblical scholars reading. Carol Meyers, for instance, is interested in a detailed historical and sociological reconstruction of the society behind the text and of the life of women in such a society. In order to accomplish this task an interdisciplinary approach including feminist scholarship and social scientific (mainly sociological, anthropological, and archaeological) research is used.
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