Bible Review 2:4, Winter 1986

The David and Goliath Saga

How a Biblical editor combined two versions

By Emanuel Tov

The University of Pennsylvania’s Jeffrey H. Tigay sets the stage for the article that follows:

Since the rise of biblical criticism in the 17th century, scholars have concluded that the books of the Hebrew Bible, like many other ancient literary classics, have not reached us in their original form but are, in their present forms, the products of lengthy evolution. Many parts of the Bible are thought to include new material composed by revisers, or variant accounts of the same events which were interpolated into the original text by editors who wished to present information not found in any one account.

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