Alexander Rofé's "Introduction to the Composition of the Pentateuch" (1999) is a short introduction into the way the Pentateuch is usually interpreted in historical-
Additional sources identified and challenges to this hypothesis by Form Criticism and History of Tradition not only make the standard hypothesis practically superfluous, but also show that the original model was strongly influenced by the unrealistic romanticism of 19th century Germany.
Rofé opts for fragments which were merged together mainly after the Babylonian exile, but reaffirms (1) real difficulties in the text, (2) caused by combining different sources, (3) style and content may identify authors, (4) some of the texts can be dated. Yet virtually all of the difficulties Rofé mentions allow for alternative interpretations in line with an integer and harmonious inspired text, and his other three points depend on these.
Of course, there are some different sources, e.g. in Genesis, but different subject matters, circumstances, and times may account for many of the style and vocabulary differences, even in text written by the same author. Considering the dearth of Hebrew texts of the time relevant for the Pentateuch, statistical significance for source division is probably impossible to achieve.
The Documentary Hypothesis has destroyed virtually all of Israel's history until the Babylonian exile, together with much of the theology, promises and prophecies of the Old Testament. As biblical faith is history-