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Kaiser, Christ, and Canaan: The Religion of Israel in Protestant Germany 1871–1918
Kurtz, Paul Michael

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiv + 370. $181.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 122

Description: In this work, Paul Michael Kurtz examines the historiography of ancient Israel in the German Empire through the prism of religion, as a structuring framework not only for writings on the past but also for the writers of that past themselves. The author investigates what biblical scholars, theologians, orientalists, philologists, and ancient historians considered »religion« and »history« to be, how they understood these conceptual categories, and why they studied them in the manner they did. Focusing on Julius Wellhausen and Hermann Gunkel, his inquiry scrutinizes to what extent, in an age of allegedly neutral historical science, the very enterprise of reconstructing the ancient past was shaped by liberal Protestant structures shared by dominant historians from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Reception History

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Review by Collin Cornell
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: Collin Cornell, review of Paul Michael Kurtz, Kaiser, Christ, and Canaan: The Religion of Israel in Protestant Germany 1871–1918, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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