While the Documentary Theory has not been entirely disproved, biblical criticism has shown
the presence of pre-Mosaic sources and indications of textual updating such as later glosses and elaboration.
Genesis contains pre-Mosaic sources.
Explanatory notes were added to the Old Testament by later copyists.
Errors in copying were introduced by later scribes.
Redactions were made by later scribal communities in an attempt to correct errors introduced
by earlier copyists.
Historical criticism has shown that it is difficult to delineate the scope and date of the
sources or identify what is pre-Mosaic, Mosaic, or post-Mosaic. Acknowledging this tests one’s understanding of
How does the concept of textual updating reconcile with the belief in the inspiration and
inerrancy of the Bible?
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