thetorah.com promotes arguments for the view that the Torah (and other books of Tanach) were written by multiple authors over a long period of time. They do this while still seeing themselves under the umbrella of Orthodox Judaism (Open Orthodoxy).

I've read that when this site came online two years ago, there were a lot of detractors. Could anyone point me to the articles arguing against thetorah.com, and are there any sites dedicated to arguing against each article on thetorah.com on an article by article basis?

  • FWIW, Open Orthodoxy agrees that Torah was written by Hakadosh Baruch Hu, as were some of the nevi'im, the remainder being authored by humans with ruach hakodesh. Oct 26, 2015 at 18:14
  • Yes. I didn't mean to suggest otherwise. Oct 26, 2015 at 18:17
  • As I recall, the book amazon.com/The-Pentateuch-Haftorahs-Translation-Commentary/dp/… has detailed arguments against the view that the Torah has multiple authors. Oct 26, 2015 at 19:08
  • Not a website but this book by R Umberto Cassuto disproves the documentary hypothesis. Since there is a Kindle version of it, it might qualify as an online source...
    – mbloch
    Dec 2, 2015 at 17:42
  • Thanks. I'm aware of that book. Disprove is a bit of a strong word. Sad that there aren't more traditional resources online Dec 2, 2015 at 17:45

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In the comments above, I had previously recommended R Umberto Cassuto's book. In the meantime I came across R Chaim Jachter's Reason to believe which has a page addressing biblical criticism. He cites two websites relevant for your search

  • Online shiurim from R Amnon Bazak at VBM
  • Online shiurim from R Menachem Leibtag (I think correct URL is now tanach.org)

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Open Orthodoxy's position might have moved since the question was written, they have recently been judged quite critically by mainstream Orthodox movements, see e.g., here, here and here.

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