Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony:

In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d learned that quarter. A group of us got together and sang, “Who wrote the Pentateuch” to the tune of “Who wrote the book of love,” talking about the various sources. I only remember for sure the refrain, “Tell me, tell me who… who who who who… who wrote the Pentateuch……” and then snippets of the verses, like “the J-source was a realist….” and “the E-source was a dreamer….” and “we don’t know much about the P but they were probably all men” or something like that.

If there is no one who actually still has the lyrics to that, perhaps I and/or others should try to recreate it? It seems like it could be pedagogically useful, as well as entertaining.

I also noticed (as one does) that one can easily sing about Abélard and Héloïse to the tune of “Ebony and Ivory.” Just saying…

Translating Genesis 19
Let It Flow
Baba Yetu
It Is Dangerous To Deny Q
  • Gary

    Since this exists on the internet,

    https://m.soundcloud.com/quiavideruntoculi/the-jedp-hypothesis-song

    I think it is everyone’s duty to come up with a rebuttal.

    My weak attempt,
    Lyrics to Doe, a deer:

    J, a god, a Yahweh god,
    E, a god called Elohim,
    P, a book, about some priests,
    D, a really different book,
    So, a bunch of doublets show,
    Style and language differ so,
    Think, a book by just one guy (Moses),
    That is, not, even, really so!

    I have no musical talent, but something should exist to counter insanity.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I like it! It is definitely far superior to the song you linked to, in accuracy if not in musical realization.

      • Gary

        Thanks. Thought about a chorus but it quickly got too complicated for me.


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