The Deuteronomist and the Priestly Author meets the 21st Century

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Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible.

The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book.

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The places in which the program disagreed with accepted scholarship might prove interesting leads for scholars. The first chapter of Genesis, for example, is usually thought to have been written by the “priestly” author, but the software indicated it was not.

Similarly, the book of Isaiah is largely thought to have been written by two distinct authors, with the second author taking over after Chapter 39. The software’s results agreed that the book might have two authors, but suggested the second author’s section actually began six chapters earlier, in Chapter 33.

via Bible’s Different Authors Revealed By New Language Software.

Oh… this is going to be fun….

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8 Replies to “The Deuteronomist and the Priestly Author meets the 21st Century”

  1. Sorry guys, this kind of thing isn’t admitted in court because the techonology is too open to manipulation, intersting story but pretty much with out any practical use.

  2. I am sorry; I forgot I was talking to someone who did not have my frame of reference. Using court was short hand for the use of rules of evidence that determine the acceptability of evidence. The use of these kind of programs are suspect in a court setting because they are too easily manipulated, either with intent or based on unconscious presuppositions.

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