The jahwist, or yahwist, often abbreviated j, is one of the hypothesized sources of the pentateuch , together with the deuteronomist, the elohist and the priestly source according to the basic four-source hypothesis first proposed by julius wellhausen , the j source is the oldest strand of the pentateuch, dating back to the 9th or 10th century. The priestly creation story introduction often people refer to the genesis creation story as myths, but this is not technically correct in reference to genesis 1 the priestly account is liturgy. Creation story yahwist and priestly account paper is the meaning and significance of the creation story there are three main things that will be explains in this paper the first point is the meaning of the creation story in which will be divided into two categories.
The priestly ('p' source) creation account starts in genesis 1:1 and proceeds in a very different sequence through the creation of night and day, the firmament, plants, the heavenly bodies, fish. After the flood, the priestly writer records god’s first covenant with his creation, and another genealogy explaining the origin of man’s diverse languages, contrary to the yahwist, as a natural genealogical process (gen 10:1-7, 20, 31-32.
(the story of the flood [genesis 6:5 - 8:22] includes material from both the yahwist and the priestly source) from the priestly perspective, the flood was necessary because the earth had become corrupted by violence among all flesh. The difference between the priestly version and the yahwist version of the creation story lies in different cosmology another difference is how human roles are defined for life on earth the priestly version stresses on god as transcendent and humanity's authority in contrast, the yahwist version.
Some scholars believe that the yahwist account is the earlier written account, while the priestly account was written perhaps 500 years later and was intended to ritualize the creation account and combat some of the teaching infiltrating the jewish culture from nearby middle eastern religions. By reading the creation stories many differences between the priestly and yahwist accounts can be noticed the priestly (p) account, gen 1:1 – 2:4b, was written around the time of the exile, roughly around 550 – 450 bce. The priestly writer’s reworking of the yahwist material of genesis 1-11 [a-] [a+] for nearly three centuries now, scholars and critical readers of the book of genesis have acknowledged that genesis is a composite text (see how the torah was discovered to be a collection of competing traditions .
The jahwist, or yahwist, often abbreviated j, is one of the hypothesized sources of the pentateuch the jahwist begins with the creation story at genesis 2:4 cain's descendants (but adam's descendants are from p), a flood story (tightly intertwined with a parallel account from p),. The yahwist story introduction this story looks at creation from a completely different angle according to our appearance 31 and god saw everything he had made and let birds fly above the earth on the face of the dome of heaven.