This article (Hebrew) claims that the Midrash Tanhuma was likely written after the Quran. A response in the talkbacks says that this is incorrect. Neither provide any source.

Does anyone know what the actual consensus of this is? When was the Midrash Tanhuma written?

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    If you are asking what traditional religious authorities have opined on the topic, see this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59526/8775. If you want the view of historians in general on the different editions of Tanhum and their dates of redaction, check out Wikipedia's page. || Note that whether you mean the consensus of religious authorities or the consensus of historians, there isn't necessarily one.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 23:53
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    @mevaqesh Why isn't that a duplicate
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:42
  • @DoubleAA That question is limited to traditional sources. This one might include the views of critical historians, and might even be limited to that (pending clarification).
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 1:50
  • @mevaqesh Mimah nafshach - if it’s looking for traditional sources, then it’s a dupe, and if it’s looking for secular sources, it should be off-topic.
    – DonielF
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 5:29
  • @donielf that is incorrect as I believe i have pointed out to you on numerous occasions. Asking who wrote a classical Jewish text is on topic since it is about a Jewish text. That the question accommodates answers in which the evidence gathered about a classical Jewish text hardly renders it off topic.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 5:33

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Midrash Yelammedenu, the precursor to Midrash Tanhuma, was composed c. 400-600 CE. During the seventh to eighth centuries, it is possible that "possible that numerous segments of the Tanhuma-type midrash have already received their final form". However, it is likely that the final version of Tanhuma was completed around 700-900 CE (Lerner, The Works of Aggadic Midrash and the Esther Midrashim in "The Literature of the Sages," pp. 149-152).

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