Step 3: Compositional History

What, if anything, can be determined about the unity, date and authorship of the passage? Do we know anything  about the original author or redactors/editors or about the original audience? Is there evidence of an oral stage  before the text was written down? Was the passage composed from earlier written sources? Is there evidence of  later revision, redaction or re-use? How does this information change how you read the text in terms of its final form?

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