USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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The basis of this determination is careful and close analysis of the Hebrew text of these five books, which has revealed the passages most likely derive from different authors or sources. On the whole, it's probably better to think of these "authors" not as individuals but schools of thought importing with them the usual philosophical biases found among learned sects. That, of course, doesn't mean they came from one hand or mind—though there's nothing to say they couldn't have—rather a single mind-set. One school, for instance, called the "priestly" tradition or P, clearly speaks about early Israelite history from the perspective of the Temple priesthood, focusing on ritual and the centrality of the Temple in Jerusalem.

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