[quote=TOME]I have to say in principle that the Documentary Hypothesis is True. I believe that scholars using all the literary, historical and archeologicals at their disposal have developed a reasonable theory with the standard explanation using the JEPD models. I believe there is enough evidence to support this.
I am really going to have to read up on the criticism of this theory, however, from what I do remember people’s attacks on this theory almost always goes to specific points and rejects the whole principle. For example, and this is just a made up example, if those who held that certain passages were from the E source based on what was know at the time, if later evidence is developed that shows this particular passage has a different source, then what was believe to be fact wasn’t but that doesn’t mean that the principles which lead to this faulty conclusion were in themselves wrong, it has more to do with the data upon which these principles were applied.
In other words, those who reject this theory, especially those who take a literal approach to the Bible, fail to comprehend that Scriptural Studies, like all studies in history and science is a dynamic reality, which is always growing or deeping in its understandings but always guided by basic principles.
Thank you very much for your input. I also want to read the critics of the Documentary Hypothesis. I have read summations of their beliefs, but nothing in great detail. I know a lot of them have orthodox beliefs but there are some critical scholars out there that disagree. They are in the minority, though.
But what about my other question? Does the Four-Source theory conflict with orthodoxy?