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In this magisterial overview of the Pentateuch John Van Seters reviews the various historical-critical attempts to read it that arise from notions about the social evolution of Israel's religion and culture. For the new Cornerstones edition Van Seters has extensively revised several sections of the text, updating and integrating new bibliographical items, and refining the text where necessary. A reflective preface summarizes these changes and developments for the reader's convenience.
‘John Van Seters has been at the forefront of Pentateuchal studies since the 1970s. Indeed, he is largely responsible for the direction taken by this subdiscipline in the last quarter century before the turn of the millennium, when this book was first published. This new edition reaffirms Van Seters classic positions and responds to developments in Pentateuchal studies over the last fifteen years. It is a most welcome contribution to the continuing debate over this challenging section of the bible from one of the field’s long-term leaders.’ – Steve McKenzie, Rhodes College, USA