The Pentateuch

New Developments in the Dating of the Pentateuchal Sources

We’re exploring the five books of Moses through historical background, diachronic and synchronic studies, and theological interpretation, with particular attention given to integrating these methods toward a better understanding of the Pentateuch itself or the role of the Pentateuch in Biblical Theology. This year we present the first of a two-year series on the dating of Pentateuchal sources P (2019) and D (2020). For more information, contact Todd Patterson ( or Michael Cox (

  • Todd Patterson, Matej Bel University, Introduction (5 min)
  • Benjamin Kilchör, Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel
    Challenging the (Post-)Exilic Dating of P/H: The Most Important Issues (25 min)
  • Kenneth Bergland, Independent scholar
    The Direction of Dependence Between Jer 34 and the Manumission Instructions in Torah (25 min)
  • Carsten Vang, Lutheran School of Theology, Respondent (10 min)
  • Markus Zehnder, Talbot School of Theology
    The Law on nevelah in Lev 17:15: What Does It Tell Us about the “Holiness Code” and Its Relationship with Deuteronomy? (25 min)
  • Roy Gane, Andrews University, Respondent (10 min)
  • Discussion (20 min)