E (The Elohistic Source) - The kernel of the Pentateuch's
narrative, in five story cycles focusing on the early Israelite
heroes Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Balaam.
Uses the name Elohim exclusively for God
N (The Northern Book of Judges) - The kernel of the Book
of Judges, focuses on seven heroes who save Israel from
mauraders and culminates with Saul who is appointed King.
C (The Book of the Covenant) - The legal code of Exodus 20-24.
J (The Yahwistic Source) - Adapts E, N, C for a Judean
(southern Israel) audience and incorporates them into a
historiographical account beginning with the creation and culminating with David
Ar (Ark narratives) - The legends of the Ark of the covenant
in 1 Samuel 4-6 and in 2 Samuel 6.
D1 (The First Deuteronomistic Redactor) - Primarily
responsible for incorporating the law code of Deuteronomy
into the Pentateuch and adding a layer of redaction concerned with theodicy in the books of Joshua-Kings.
P (The Priestly Source) - Primarily a priestly legal source.
Responsible for supplementing the J narrative with dates,
names, and numbers, thus "ordering" and authenticating
A (Anti Centralization Source) - Adds cultic narratives to the books of Joshua - Samuel emphasizing the diversity of religious centers as opposed to Deuteronomy's focus on Jerusalem.
Pr (Pro Kingship Source) - Adds a textual stratum emphasizing the chosenness of the annointed monarchs.
D2 (The Second Deuteronomistic Redactor) - Elaborates upon D1's redaction and themes.
H (The Holiness Code) - Popularizes the P laws for the
masses, supplements the P lists.
B (the Bridging Source) - The final redactor of J's
historiographical project, adds popular myths and narrative
bridges connecting between sections.
Erroneous, Unknown, Unattributable
F (The Final Prophetic Amalgamator) - has one major concern: the prestige of prophets and their disciples which he impresses upon the texts of Kings. As one of the final authors his narratives are preserved mostly uninterrupted.
M (The Miracle Men) - A good deal of the narrative material, in
I Kings 17 - II Kings 15 is part of an independent composition by a northern author chronicling the miracles of two of the major prophets of the time, Elijah and Elisha.
S (The Anti-Baal source) connected between Elisha and Elijah of the M source. To this end Elisha becomes Elijah’s apprentice. Stories are added to both sections of the prophetic narratives which serve to make the prophets into similar figures who struggle against Baal worship.