"Wellhausen's theories about the development of the Old Testament are for Biblical criticism what Einstein is to physics. Wellhausen devised a new paradigm which explained many of the apparent inconsistencies in the Biblical texts. In the process, "Wellhausen's theories about the development of the Old Testament are for Biblical criticism what Einstein is to physics. Wellhausen devised a new paradigm which explained many of the apparent inconsistencies in the Biblical texts. In the process, he upset many traditionalists who didn't like the concept that the early portions of the Bible were the product of four separate authors. 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. Wellhausen's theories have been built on by contemporary scholars. 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." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents
Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction; History Of The Ordinances Of Worship; The Place Of Worship; Sacrifice; The Sacred Feasts; The Priests And The Levites; The Endowment Of The Clergy; History Of Tradition; Chronicles; Judges, Samuel, And Kings; The Narrative Of The Hexateuch; Israel And Judaism; Conclusion Of The Criticism Of The Law; The Oral And The Written Torah; The Theocracy As Idea And As Institution; Israel; The Beginnings Of The Nation; The Settlement In Palestine; The Foundation Of The Kingdom, And The First Three Kings; From Jeroboam I. To Jeroboam ii; God, The World, And The Life Of Men In Old Israel; The Fall Of Samaria; The Deliverance Of Judah; The Prophetic Reformation; Jeremiah And The Destruction Of Jerusalem; The Captivity And The Restoration; J ...Continua Nascondi