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By Eugene E. Carpenter

A Biblical Itinerary is devoted to George Coats, former Professor of outdated testomony at Lexington Theological Seminary, Kentucky and writer of uprising within the desert, From Canaan to Egypt, and Moses: Heroic guy, guy of God, and different books. The essays amassed the following, reflecting lots of George Coats's pursuits, contain 'Structure and that means within the Sinai-Horeb Narrative' (Joseph Blenkinsopp), 'Biblical and Early Islamic Moses' (Malcolm Clark), 'What Does the Bible Say? a query of textual content and Canon' (David Gunn), 'On the duty of outdated testomony Theology' (Rolf Knierim); 'Scripture and the Formation of Christian id' (Roy Melugin); 'Some Reflections at the Canonical Moses: Moses and Abraham' (Rolf Rendtorff), and different papers by way of Trent Butler, Eugene chippie, James Crenshaw, John Roffey, Lawson Stone, Gene Tucker and John Van Seters.

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European scholarship has gone beyond the traditional Muslim dating to distinguish an early, middle, and late Meccan period. Criteria are both stylistic and content based. The most common European dating is that by Noldeke. M. Watt and R. Bell, Introduction to the Qur'an (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1970), pp. 108-20. This is an extensive reworking of Bell's earlier book of the same name. Cf. also the table on pp. 205-13 of Watt and Bell which lists the traditional Muslim chronology of the surahs as well as three different European chronologies (Muir, Noldeke, and Grimme) along with the division for the European chronologies into the three Meccan periods.

Such celebration had its original home in Gilgal. The Sinai materials, on the other hand, developed at Shechem during the ancient feast celebrating and renewing the covenant, a celebration later connected to the Feast of the Booths. To these, according to von Rad, the Yahwist prefixed patriarchal and primeval sagas, encasing all in his own ideological framework. 20 Such form-critical work on small units laid the groundwork for Eissfeldt21 and Hempel22 to carry out more fully Gunkel's dream of a history of Hebrew literature from its oral origins through its massive written collections.

As John Muddiman phrases it, form criticism 1. George W. Coats, Genesis, with an Introduction to Narrative Literature (FOTL, 1; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983), p. 3. 2. Beginning with his dissertation, Rebellion in the Wilderness (Nashville: Abingdon, 1983), Coats constantly wrestled with the interrelationships of tradition, motif, form, history, and literary word. His scholarly pilgrimage led to ever-deeper appreciation for the literary nature and form of biblical books. 3. Joshua (WBC, 7; Waco, TX: Word Books, 1983).

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