D is one of the five authors (J
, and R
) of the Pentateuch
(the first five books of the Bible
) theorized by Biblical scholars. S/he may have lived during the 7th century BC.
D is short for the "Deuteronomist
" and is credited with large parts of, as you may have guessed, Deuteronomy
. D may have also had a hand in Joshua
, and Kings
, all historical scripture
detailing the conquest of Canaan
and the establishment of Israel
. D's work includes a massive revision of religious law.
One author, Richard Elliot Friedman
, suggests that the Deuteronomist may have been the prophet Jeremiah
. A widely-held school of thought holds that D was Jeremiah's scribe Baruch