Wellhausen devised a new paradigm which explained many of the apparent inconsistencies in the Biblical texts. Or that the Levitical code was redacted into the text by the priestly class at a very late date in the evolution of the Bible. Or that the Bible even evolved He has continued relevance.
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Wellhausen devised a new paradigm which explained many of the apparent inconsistencies in the Biblical texts. Or that the Levitical code was redacted into the text by the priestly class at a very late date in the evolution of the Bible. Or that the Bible even evolved He has continued relevance. The current Christian fundamentalist movement emerged as a response to the Biblical criticism of Wellhausen and other 19th century scholars.
Wellhausen remains difficult to fully grasp by all but those schooled in the ways of the Documentary hypothesis. However, brave readers willing to attempt an expedition through the Prolegomena will be richly rewarded, whichever side of the cultural divide you fall on.
Production Notes: This was originally published in German in as Geschichte Israels , and then as Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels in , The existing etext of this book in Project Gutenberg was re-proofed using a printed facsimile of the English translation New York: Meridian Books . This included two separate word-by-word proof passes, one of which was a comprehensive spell-check.
Unicode Hebrew and Greek text was added, numerous errors in the etext were corrected, and pagination was inserted. Lastly, the index , lacking in the PG etext, was scanned, proofed and appended. Hare, Dec.
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Biography[ edit ] Wellhausen was born at Hamelin in the Kingdom of Hanover. In , he was appointed professor ordinarius of theology at the University of Greifswald. However, he resigned from the faculty in for reasons of conscience, stating in his letter of resignation: I became a theologian because the scientific treatment of the Bible interested me; only gradually did I come to understand that a professor of theology also has the practical task of preparing the students for service in the Protestant Church, and that I am not adequate to this practical task, but that instead despite all caution on my own part I make my hearers unfit for their office. Since then my theological professorship has been weighing heavily on my conscience. Among theologians and biblical scholars, he is best known for his book, Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels Prolegomena to the History of Israel.