The foundational period of Hebrew Bible scholarship promulgated the assumption that the original "authors" were incapable
of the sophisticated literary technique displayed in that work. Complexity was ascribed to a later stage. Yet in that later
stage the supposedly more sophisticated redactors were unable to see blatant contradictions and redundancies. This work investigates
Genesis, Judges, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles looking at how the message conveyed has been misunderstood through assumptions
about the capacities and intentions of original writers. It shows how retaining the assumptions about the inability of early
writers inevitably leads to conclusions of a late provenance.