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Torah Class    Old Testament Bible Study for a New Testament Understanding Torah is the Hebrew word for the first 5 books of the Bible and it is the foundation of the Old Testament just as the Old Testament is the foundation of the New. The Old Testament (Tanach) is the Holy Scripture that Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) taught from, and His Disciples referred to, since there was no New Testament until well after the time of the Apostles that succeeded Him. The Old and New Testaments are inseparable and only when used together do we have a complete, unified, divinely-inspired Bible. Torah Class cross-references the Torah and Old Testament passages with New Testament passages to reveal their seamless continuity.  

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An Introduction to the Pentateuch David Malick describes it as a chronological and theological progression covering the founding of the Theocracy – the re-establishment of God’s rule on earth through man over evil and over all creation.

Different Perspectives on the Authorship of the Torah  Jeffrey Spitzer

Who Wrote the TorahTorah Resources International

Rhetorical Strategy in the Composition of the Pentateuch  James W Watts

Aaron and the Golden Calf in the Rhetoric of the Pentateuch  James W Watts

Reader Identification and Alienation in the Legal Rhetoric of the Pentateuch   James W Watts

Ritual Rhetoric in the Pentateuch: The Case of Leviticus 1-16  James W Watts

The Legal Characterization of God in the Pentateuch James W Watts

The Legal Characterization of Moses in the Rhetoric of the Pentateuch   James W Watts

The Political and Legal uses of Scripture James W Watts

Using Nehemiah’s Time as a Methodological Pivot for Understanding the Rhetoric and Functions of the Pentateuch  James W Watts

Pentateuch Power Point Lectures  Ralph W. Klein

Pentateuch, an Analysis and Synthesis                      Frank DeCanio

Prologue to the Torah Barry L. Bandstra introduction to the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Includes Study Guide.

Dating the Pentateuch, Genesis and the Archaeological Anomalies and Anachronisms  Walter Mattfeld  looks at the archaeological findings and compares them with the Biblical accounts.

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  Reader Identification and Alienation in the Legal Rhetoric of the Pentateuch              James W. Watts

Dating the Pentateuch and the Book of Exodus- “Rameses and the fields of Zoan”  Walter Mattfeld

Pentateuch – Catholic Encyclopedia An overview of the Pentateuch or Five Cases/Books. 

Samaritan Pentateuch thought to be similar in form to the Pentateuch that had been in use prior to the Captivity.

On the Samaritan Pentateuch an overview of the textual criticism.

Analysis of the Pentateuch Gerald A. Larue describes the Pentateuch as the portion of the Bible which best demonstrates the results of the historical-literary approach.

The Torah in Modern Scholarship Ken Collins feels that the Torah is stylistically bumpy and examines the Documentary Hypothesis in the light of modern archeological discoveries.

The Perplexing Pentateuch   Gordon J Wenham

The Messiah in the Pentateuch in the Light of Rabbinical Writings Risto Santala points out that the old Jewish literature, even in the creation account, finds the Messianic motif.

The Law the First Five Books  J. Hampton Keathley III,.

Documentary Hypothesis

Documentary Hypothesis    Wikipedia

The Development of the Documentary Hypothesis

The Documentary Hypothesis Current Thought about Documentary Hypothesis        Jeffery Tigay

The Best Evidence for the Documentary Hypothesis is in the Psalms           James F. McGrath

Criticism of the Documentary Hypothesis JEDP: Sources in the Pentateuch Dennis Bratcher an examination of source or literary analysis.

J and the Law Gerald A. Larue speaks of J as a writer who did not originate the material but compiled, edited and reworked sources into a great schematic framework reflecting the Hebrew nation under Yahweh.

Looking at The Creation Story in J and P Forms  E   Gerald A Larue  examines E’s fragmentary nature and what he calls the E Saga.  

P – Understanding the Priestly Source Victor Hurowitz looks at the various literary components making up the Five Books of Moses and focuses on the Priestly source.  

Literature of the Middle Period Gerald A Larue treats the Deuteronomists, the Holiness Code, and the Priestly writers in this chapter of his book  

The Primary History (Genesis – 2 Kings), an Exilic Composition of 562 – 561 BCE   Walter Mattfeld focuses on Deuteronomy 30:1-10 and explores the theory the idea that the Primary History was written by one author in the exile and notes that some sites appearing in Joshua did not come into existence until late in the 7th century BCE.

Unravelling the Mystery of Early Israel’s Origins: Archaeology, Abraham and the Philistines Walter Mattfeld

Bible Images – The Five Books of Moses A selection of images depicting Biblical events linked to the relevant Scripture. 

The Sabbatical/Jubilee Cycle and the Seven-Year Famine in Egypt C. Carmichael  explores the the Year of Jubilee which goes back two and a half thousand years and argues that the Sabbatical and Jubilee cycle, with its climactic Year of Jubilee, becomes intelligible when related back to the developments in Egypt at the time of the famine there. The policy adopted by the pharaoh in line with Joseph’s counsel is the key to how the Israelite institution came to be formulated and also looks at comparable institutions in the ancient Near East.

L’impurete selon P. Une lecture theologique (The impurity according to P. a theological reading)  Alfred Marx The article looks at what P determined to be impure and argues that it was not intended to place other nations or their people into the impure category.  

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