Authorship and Abbreviations Used
In creating the development of some Hebrew
Scriptures/Old Testament books, especially those of most antiquity, e.g., the Pentateuch, the neat and clean
designation of authorship cannot be expected.
Hence, the first five books of the Bible are expressed
in their developmental form, making use of the best scholarship available. In using the
developmental aspect of the books, the identifiable sections following from both literary style and content
of the books is used. The letter J is used for that author or editor who used the word “Yahweh” for the
name of God; the letter E for the author or editor who used the word “Elohim” for the name of
God; P for the author or editor who was from the priestly caste of Israel and emphasized the Temple
and its liturgy; and D for that author or editor who emphasized the Deuteronomic tradition of the
This developmental process in no way denies
an original author of a book but concentrates on the process through which the book went before it arrived in
the form in which it is found today. This developmental process expressed in this timeline does
not question either the Divine inspiration nor the authenticity of the books but manifests the role
of human authors responding to the Divine Author.
Bob Schihl, Ph.D.