. With the limited amount of data available, the question is rightly posed: what features of the darkness account are most significant for making a source-critical determination?
I will offer here new arguments in favor of assigning darkness to the Priestlysource (P) 3 by attending to the specific
The Priestlysource (commonly referred to as P) is a common designation in scholarship for significant parts of the Pentateuch. This source, identified on the basis of various stylistic considerations, had a strong focus on cultic issues and the author(s) is (are) therefore assumed to belong to
This book, a substantial revision of Gaines’s 2013 Brandeis University dissertation, presents a systematic investigation of a novel idea: certain passages aligned with the priestlysource in the Pentateuch (and perhaps also in the Hexateuch) are written in a rather poetic style, and
points out, deliberate ambiguity in Genesis 1 is unusual given the highly structured and methodical style of the Priestlysource in general and the creation account in particular. Understanding the light (and dark, day and night) in primarily spatial terms provides an alternative possibility—that the
. Reventlow and Y. Hoffman (ed.), Creation in Jewish and Christian Tradition (JSOTSup 319; Sheffield, 2002), pp. 2-31; and L. Petersson, “PriestlySource of the Pentateuch”, in G. Khan (ed.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (3 vols.; Leiden, 2013), vol. 3, pp. 230-32. 55 McEvenue