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12/23/2013

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Trent

On the latter book, does he assert that the Pentateuch was Mosaic in composition and uphold the historicity of Adam, and that Israel is a type of Adam,(due to this) not necessarily the reverse?
Thanks!

Lee

Trent, yes, Seth Postell affirms Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, although he doesn't make a big deal of it in his book since he states as one of his assumptions that he is dealing with the final form of the text. I'm not sure what he thinks about the historicity of Adam; I don't recall him addressing that in the book. I didn't understand your third question.

Trent

Thanks!
I guess my third question was the same as the second, the historicity of Adam. In other words, contra Pete Enns who believes that Israel was historical and the Pentateuch was constructed afterward with Adam as specifically representing Israel, and therefore ahistorical.

Lee

I did not get the sense that Seth Postell was attempting to undermine the historicity of Adam like Peter Enns.

Lee

Postell has a footnote in which he addresses the question of Mosaic authorship (see Adam as Israel, p. 75, note 1). He follows Bruce Waltke in affirming "a Mosaic core" while recognizing that the final form of the Pentateuch has been shaped by a later editor. It is the final form of the text, however, that he is most interested in this book, especially the canonical seams like Deut 34 which provide links with Prophetical Books.

Lee

With regard to the historicity of Adam, Postell rightly notes that the presence of literary shaping does not ipso facto make a narrative non-historical or non-referential (Adam as Israel, pp. 45-46). Furthermore, he adds that "there are textual reasons for suggesting that the author of the final form of Genesis 1-3 intended to represent real historical events" (p. 47), a reading which is confirmed by subsequent biblical authors. At this point, Postell has a footnote: "For example, the author of Chronicles begins his genealogical list of real historical figures with Adam (1 Chr 1:1)" (p. 47, note 16).

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