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  •  That, or a redactor (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, thanatokephaloides

    I'm not familiar with the various theories about the composition and editing of the New Testament, but in the case of the Torah,  ultimately a relatively small group of scribes worked it into  a single document.  The term for this person or persons is the "redactor".

    There might have also been a single document of "Sayings of Jesus" that is now lost, but was used in the making the edits.

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    by mbayrob on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 02:42:01 PM PDT

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    •  Yes. A redactor is an editor. (1+ / 0-)
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      People who study the language of the Old Testament have identified several authors, based on the language used. I remember two of them are called J and E. J is the Jahwist (who always uses the word "Yahweh," which in German starts with a J). And E is the Elohist, who always refers to God as "Elohim." I think there's a D (Deuteronomist?) and a P (forget what that is). So there are at least four different authors. And their work was combined into one document by R (the Redactor, who was the editor, who fit it together). It's possible that some of these authors weren't a single individual but more of a committee who worked together.

      There are at least two stories of the creation (in one, men and women are created at the same time, but in the other a woman was created from Adam's rib). And there are two stories of Noah's ark.

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      by Dbug on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 05:45:37 PM PDT

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      •  D and P (1+ / 0-)
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        I think there's a D (Deuteronomist?) and a P (forget what that is).
        (D)euteronomic and (P)riestly respectively.


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        by thanatokephaloides on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:48:33 PM PDT

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