Oral Tradition: A Modern Problem in Old Testament Introduction

Oral Tradition: A Modern Problem in Old Testament Introduction

Oral Tradition: A Modern Problem in Old Testament Introduction

Oral Tradition: A Modern Problem in Old Testament Introduction

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The present work is a collection of articles, published in Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, xiii (1950) and xv (1952). In these articles I have tried to present to the readers of this periodical an introduction to the modern problem of oral tradition together with some analyses of Old Testament traditions, illustrating, I hope, that literary criticism is not the only legitimate scientific approach to the texts of the Old Testament.

These articles are now introduced to a larger public. That this has been possible is wholly due to the kind efforts of Professor H. H. Rowley, who has spent much time and labour on my MS. I wish to express my deepest gratitude towards a scholar, who belongs to the circles of literary criticism and nevertheless is endowed with an almost patriarchal magnanimity, in that he has given time and trouble to further a work which tries to combat literary criticism.

The fundamental views of these articles are characteristic of the traditio-historical 'school', I think. They are at any rate greatly inspired by the views of Pedersen, Nyberg and Engnell. My detailed exegesis of, e.g., Gen. 6-9 or Mic. 4-5 is of course entirely my own.

Finally I express my gratitude to my translator, Miss Asta Lange, M.A., for the skill with which she has carried out her difficult task, and to the Rask-Ørsted Foundation for its support of the translation.

EDUARD NIELSEN

Universitetsadjunkt at the University of Aarhus

Aarhus, March 30th 1953 . . .

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