Monday, January 01, 2018

Jacob and Israel, J and E?

DR.RABBI TZEMAH YOREH: Jacob Is Renamed Israel (Twice): Why Does the Name Jacob Remain? (
The different usages of the names Jacob and Israel reflect a geographic divide between the northern and southern kingdoms’ stance toward this patriarch.
Maybe, but there is little consensus among scholars these days about the nature, extent, and even existence of the putative Yahwistic (J) and Elohistic (E) sources in the Pentateuch. The essay does acknowledge this to some degree.

More on Pentateuchal source criticism here and links.

Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.