Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection

ON THE COVER: Joseph Hidley (1830–1872) was working as a cabinetmaker and taxidermist in the late 1850s when he painted “Noah’s Ark.” The fanciful tropical landscape and orderly procession of animals took the young artist, in his imagination, far from his native Poestenkill, New York. However, Hidley’s painted animals, stiff as stuffed specimens, may resemble those displayed in his taxidermy collection. In “The Documentary Hypothesis in Trouble,” Joseph Blenkinsopp scrutinizes the theory of multiple authorship as applied to the biblical Flood story.