Julius Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the History of Israel, With a Reprint of the Article "Israel" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

By Journal of Biblical Literature

  • Release Date : 2005-06-22
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • FIle Size : 0.20 MB

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Julius Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the History of Israel, With a Reprint of the Article "Israel" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Julius Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the History of Israel, with a reprint of the article "Israel" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Preface by W. Robertson Smith. Foreword by Douglas A. Knight. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994. Reprint of the first edition, Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1885. What does it mean to revisit a classic that all of us seem to know in some way or another? Even if it has been a while since we read the Prolegomena, at least we know what the name "Wellhausen" stands for in Hebrew Bible studies: the first moment when all that exciting biblical research in nineteenth-century Germany came together in a brilliant and stimulating synthesis. My guess is that more often than not we have read summaries of Wellhausen's argument, and any number may be found in the first-year Hebrew Bible textbooks that we either study or continue to use in our teaching. As one person commented to me recently, why would you bother reading Wellhausen's lengthy book when there are so many good summaries of it? Last year I had the opportunity to read through the Prolegomena and, yes, I admit that it was the first time I had actually read it carefully, from cover to cover.

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