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Rendtorff is certainly correct to move away from a documentary approach that sees the present text as the awkward joining of different continuous documents. His approach takes into account the smoothness of the narrative in a way foreign to the older critical approach. But more recent literary approaches question the older approach, and indeed the tradition-critical approach, at an even deeper level. EVALUATION OF THE CRITICAL APPROACH The critical approach to the Pentateuch has always found conservative resistance from both Jewish and Christian circles.
Wenham, “The Date of Deuteronomy: Linchpin of Old Testament Criticism: Part II,” Themelios 11 (1985): 15–17; idem, “Genesis: An Authorship Study and Current Pentateuchal Criticism,” JSOT 42 (1988): 3–18; idem, Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Ethically (Baker, 2004); R. N. Whybray, The Making of the Pentateuch: A Methodological Study (JSOTS 53; Sheffield: JSOT, 1987); M. J. Williams, Deception in Genesis: An Investigation into the Morality of a Unique Biblical Phenomenon (Peter Lang, 2001).
H. Wellhausen’s monumental Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels (published in 1883, English in 1885). Wellhausen’s work had a massive influence because, for the first time, he was able to associate the history of the development of the Pentateuch with the history of the development of Israelite religion in a way that convinced most of the leading scholars of Europe, England, and America, while pushing his critics (notably Hengstenberg and Delitzsch) to the margins of scholarship. Even today, with all of the basic criticisms of the documentary hypothesis (see below), to reject it is to be relegated to the realm of the “naive and arrogant” (Childs, IOTS, 127).
An Introduction to the Old Testament: Second Edition by Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard