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Wellhausen and Kaufmann. Ancient Israel and Its Religious History in the Works of Julius Wellhausen and Yehezkel Kaufmann.
Berlin u. a.: De Gruyter 2016. XIV, 304 S. = Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 490. Geb. EUR 99,95. ISBN 978-3-11-045212-9.
Aly Elrefaei’s book, as already observed in its preface by Reinhard Gregor Kratz, is an unusual work. For it represents a thorough and penetrating study of two of the giants of Hebrew Biblical scholarship of the modern era, carried out by an author who grew up in a very different environment from theirs. As against the German Lutheran Wellhausen and the Israeli Jewish Kaufmann – although an Israeli with strong European experience – E. is an Egyptian Muslim, trained first at Cairo University in Hebrew and other Semitic languages as well as biblical studies, who completed his education at the University of Göttingen under Kratz and his colleagues with the dissertation of which the present book is the revision.
The focus of the book, as its title indicates, is the religious ...
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