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The Old Testament is a compilation and like every compilation it has a wide variety of contributors who have their individual influence upon the final work Today thanks to the rediscovery of ancient literature it is possible to recognize that the Old Testament is in fact saturated with the popular lore of the Ancient Near East1 I will enumerate the influences these cultures had on what we now know as the Old Testament Each culture that existed before and during the writing of the Old Testament lent their own specific myths and some myths that were common to all cultures such as the creation of the Earth We see in the Bible that each of these cultures has given to it a myth of their own whether the writers of the Bible use them as references or the basis to some of their tales is unknown but one can see the parallels from the very beginning First one has to understand the people of the era of which we are talking about To get a clear picture of the way the Book of Genesis may have been formed we must place it somewhere in time and then define the cultures of that time The influences must be explained and then we may draw our conclusions If we trace back to the first appearance of the Bible in written form in its earliest translation we arrive at approximately 450 BC Two texts components of the Pentateuch referred to as J and E texts can be traced to around 650 BC The J texts refer to Yahweh texts characterized by the use of the word Yahweh or Lord in accounts the E texts refer to Elohist texts which use Elohim in its references to God But 650 BC isnt our oldest reference to the J and E texts they can be traced along with the other three strands of the Pentateuch to at least
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