Kaiser, Christ, and Canaan

The Religion of Israel in Protestant Germany, 1871-1918

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Paul Michael Kurtz
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck
    , November
     370 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mehdy Shaddel forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul Michael Kurtz is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in History at the University of Cambridge, and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Queens' College.


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