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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 21. Preexilic, Exilic, and Postexilic: Can We Date the Books of the Hebrew Bible?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44880


We cannot date any book of the Hebrew Bible definitively because they are all written anonymously. Knowing all books have later additions and many drew on earlier traditions, we need to know to what we are attaching a date and context of composition. Also, should we adopt the internal biblical dating scheme or apply an external, modern one?

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