Prolegomena To The History Of Israel

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - History - 376 pages
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Originally Published by Scholars PressNow Available from Duke University Press Julius Wellhausen's "Prolegomena to the History of Israel, "first published in German in 1878, ranks among the best-known and most influential studies ever produced by a biblical scholar. In it Wellhausen seeks to determine how one can draw historical conclusions from the documentary sources identified in the biblical text. Focusing on religious practices and on the distinctive viewpoints of the authors and editors, he develops contrasting pictures of preexilic and postexilic Israel. This classic treatment of some of the enduring problems faced by historians of Israel is here reprinted in its original English translation, accompanied by the historical survey Wellhausen wrote in 1881 for the "Encyclopeadia Britannica" as well as a foreword by Douglas A. Knight.

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Five stars for historical consequence. Wellhausen's original hypothesis about the editor/authorship of the Pentateuch have gone through significant revision through the decades, but the Documentary Hypothesis continues to stimulate debate in the scholarly study of the Old Testament. Read full review

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Julius Wellhausen (1844-1918) was a German biblical scholar who was best known for his study of the Pentateuch. He argued that the Pentateuch was not written by Moses but was the result of oral history & tradition. He is less well-known for his New Testament research, in which he advocated the primacy of Mark over Q.

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