Elohist


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Elohist

Old Testament the supposed author or authors of one of the four main strands of text of the Pentateuch, identified chiefly by the use of the word Elohim for God instead of YHVH (Jehovah)
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7) Juan Luis Segundo criticized this interpretation and insisted that in the three great, most ancient sources, the Yahwist, the Elohist, and the Deuteronomist, "there is no trace of this supposed purpose.
Burnett suggests that biblical spokespersons, including those of the Elohist tradition in the Pentateuch, the Elijah cycle, and Hosea used Elohim to denote Yahweh and were intent upon leading their audience to make the connection that the historical Elohim whom they worshipped was Yahweh and none other.
Hosea, the Elijah cycle, and the Elohist pentateuchal tradition all sought to clarify for their audience that Elohim was really Yahweh in particular.
Tables (332, 338, 343) show the variant Septuagint numeration; the fivefold division suggested by the colophons: Psalm 41:14; 72:18-19; 89:52; 106:48; and the attributions to an Elohist (Pss 1-41), David-Solomon (Pss 51-65, 68-72), Asaph (Pss 50, 73-83), and the sons of Korah (Pss 42-49, 84-88).
Compare also the references to bull worship coming from the polemical pens of the Elohist, Hosea, and the Deuteronomist.
Some scholars have suggested that these verses are a conflation of two traditions, the Elohist in verses 12-15a and 18b and verses 15b-18a of Priestly origin.
The Elohist is a modification of the epic from the point of view of the Northern Kingdom: Joseph enters the patriarchal narrative; law is emphasized, and worship is centered in Shechem and Bethel.