Religious history and archaeology rather than theology, have been concluding that the Pentateuch was greatly influenced by Ancient Near Eastern religion and did not evolve in a cultural vacuum. Reading the Pentateuch straight through reveals many of these aspects and it also reveals an aspect rarely discussed amongst many biblical scholars: the laws of the Pentateuch develop over time. However, this is contradictory to the commonly accepted doctrine of Christianity and Judaism that God is immutable and eternal. If God does not change and always is who It is and will be, then why does it take centuries for It to reveal Its laws to Its people, and why do they change over time? The results of this study argue that these laws are developing over time, show they are not being given to the Israelites from an immutable and eternal God, and are developing because of humanistic reasons.
|Advisor:||Hagan, William M.|
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious history, Biblical studies, Religion, Philosophy|
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