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Bibil Identifier bibil:202008
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Eyes and Spectacles: Wellhausen's Method of Higher Criticism
Author Kratz, Reinhard G.
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 60, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 381-402 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Julius Wellhausen’s work on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and early Arabic sources had and still has a fundamental impact on how modern scholarship portrays Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In this article I consider his methodology of Higher Criticism. Wellhausen’s motto was: ‘Not only the spectacles are important, but also the eyes.’ Following this motto I first describe what Wellhausen saw with his eyes and how he used them. Secondly, I consider Wellhausen’s spectacles and ask how the nineteenth century determined his viewpoint. Lastly I address the legacy of Wellhausen’s Higher Criticism in current scholarship.
DOI 10.1093/jts/flp038
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 19th century : Wellhausen, Julius
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