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One of the most famous stories of all time is found in the first book of the Hebrew Bible Most people have heard it enough times to be able to recognize and finish the tale after hearing Noahs Ark or the animals entered into it two by two However many would be surprised to hear that more than likely the flood story found in Genesis has multiple sources According to RTOT there are two distinct contributors Bandstra 35 The Yahwist source was written at an earlier date and is combined with the Priestly source which is more recent Bandstra 38 While both have many similarities a thorough comparison of the two styles contained in this story will show how each source writes and will make it easier to recognize in other stories There are many clues that can be used to show first that there is more than one source within this document and secondly discern the particular sections that each source contributed The Yahwist source is given its name because the author during that time used the name YHWH for their God Bandstra 39 It is pronounced Yahweh even though it was never meant to be spoken at all The people of this time were so concerned with using Gods name in vain that YHWH an unpronounceable word was used to assure themselves of not sinning The Priestly source preferred the name Elohim in this particular story Bandstra 45 This source used other names for their God in other stories as well One of the more obvious differences is the almost contradictory portions found in the story The first instance of this is found when God commands Noah to gather animals to go onto the ark with him The Yahwist reports that God told Noah to bring seven clean and two unclean animals of every kind Genesis 72-3 Contrast this with the Priestly section when God only commands Noah to bring
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