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D. The abbreviation used by scholars to designate the Deuteronomic source in Pentateuchal source criticism. This source is essentially the book of Deuteronomy. See DEUTERONOMY, BOOK OF.
Deuteronomic (D) Source
DEUTERONOMIC (D) SOURCE. The designation used by scholars to identify the core of the book of Deuteronomy, considered by some to be the “Book of the Law” found in the Temple in 621 b.c.e. during the reign of Josiah (2 Kings 22 = 2 Chronicles 34). See DEUTERONOMY, BOOK OF; (TORAH PENTATEUCH); SOURCE CRITICISM