This post will be for the schoolars amoung us.
In the late 19th century were many of the worlds best scientists. Darwin, Faraday, Testla, Edison etc. And amoung them wasa lone archeologist named William Albright who screwed up biblical schoolarship for over a hundred years.
Before Albright schoolars in Europe hit on several conclusions about the bible:
1. Ancient Isrealite history might have been composed very late
2. Historical figures of the bile should be taken as relaiably as King Arthur. (Likely a composite of two 5th century AD British dudes)
This shool became known as the Copenhagen school and started work mainly on the New Testament disregarding Pauline authorship of any letter and moving Jesus to a cosmic figure. As for the Old testament they were about to get started when...
Yep.. Albright and his wonky archeology...
He produced the version of the Documentary Hypothesis that invaded all schoolarship of the 20th century. The idea was simple.
Some time after Solomon the J text was written
Sometime after the divided Kingdom E was Written
J and E were combined after 722 BCE
D was written by scribes of King Josiah in the late 600s BCE
P was written in the Babylonian Exile in the 500s BCE
Ezra combined all this in the 450s.
What a bunch of bull$hit!! No archeology Albright came up with fit this model! None, Nada. In fact the sources he claimed were the creation stories in Babylon that prouced J were tablets written thousands of years before J and even then why would Solomon uses a Babylonian creation story?
Israel Finkelstein pulverized this theory in the early 21st century by showing the Kingdom of Davaid and Solomon never esisted as a Kingdom!
Now whre has the tide turned?
Many are trying to make a push by dating some of the texts to the Persian peridod in roughly 537-332 BCE. Did any Persian write history or prophecy like the Old Testmament? Not really. Persian history was reorded by their enemies and the best historical writers ever.... The Greeks
As for the New Testament Bart Erhman is getting lonely nowdays by promoting a historical Jesus. So we have come... full circle back to before Albright and his vomit.
The reason I post this tiny but harsh article is because as I work on my book I am constantly having to redo and change material and recheck and challenge myself to the point that I need to trash a theory I held only days befoe for a more solid one. NBut 20th century schoolarship said: Albright is god! And until Carrier, Price, Finkelstien, Gmirkin, Thompsin and other challeneged this in the 21st century we see a flaw in human thinkiing.
We want the world to be right, we want truth and if someone has a theory we say... Yes.. that's it!.... Is it? Maybe... but... challenge it! And that means before all yourself! Yes YOU are the worst enemy of reason because it's hard for a person to admit they are wrong. Enstein managed to admit his mistake on entagelment very late..
But 99% on this message board are ex-JWs.. We all thought we hard 'the truth'. My lesson I have learned in writing the last few months is NEVER ASSUME YOU KNOW THE TRUTH. Challenge yourself with questions. (Even in Romans the author useses questions to expand the philosophy of grace)
I stand here redoing several chapters because.. guess what I can be wrong and rechalleneged. For me I am going beyond the Hellenistic theory to try and figure out a supplementary hypothesis within the later time period for the OT. (The NT I haven't dealt with yet)
And this is my midnight rant .Peace