Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel

Julius Wellhausen

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Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel is a book by German biblical scholar Julius Wellhausen, first published in 1885. The work is a critical investigation into Old Testament history and into the composition of the Hexateuch - the first six books of the Bible. 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.

This book has 247,627 words, 342 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1885.

Production notes: This ebook of Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel was published by Global Grey on the 23rd May 2018, and updated on the 19th July 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Israelites in the Desert' by Jacopo Bassano.

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