By John W. Rogerson
W.M.L. de Wette (1780-1849) was once not just one of many founders of contemporary outdated testomony feedback. His loss and restoration of Christian religion, his dismissal from his put up in Berlin in 1819 on political grounds and his lengthy next exile in Basel left their mark upon his paintings in New testomony ethics, dogmatics and aesthetics. this primary glossy serious examine of de Wette's lifestyles and paintings evaluates his achievements within the context of his personal instances and asesses their value on smooth biblical students.
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3 Kant, in effect, wanted to make philosophy as he understood it the arbiter of all other disciplines. We have already seen the implications of this for biblical exegesis and theology. 4 Thus, although the natural world can be studied in purely physical ways, the science of nature needs to see the natural world as an expression of the Absolute. Similarly, the purpose of theology is not merely to apply to the biblical text a whole panoply of philological and grammatical learning. The Bible and religious traditions are also an expression of the Absolute, and one needs to understand the nature of the Absolute and its modes of expression in order to carry out exegesis correctly.
They asserted that Genesis to Numbers was a collection of fragmentswhich had little or no connection with each other, and which had been gathered together by a collector many hundreds of years after the time of Moses. If each fragment was examined independently, it could be seen to belong to times far later than those of Moses. This view not only had implications for the date and manner of the composition of the Pentateuch, but also for its interpretation. L. Bauer, held that the traditions about Abraham and the other patriarchs, about the exodus from Egypt and the wanderings in the wilderness contained authentic historical information about the events which they related, once the supernatural and miraculous trimmings which had embellished them had been 1.
260-61. Beitrdge, II, pp. 201ff. 2. 2 Instead of the historical Moses, the traditions presented the founder of the Israelite theocracy. These figures were valueless for the historian, but of immense value to the theologian who wished to discover the religious beliefs of the Israelite people after the time of David. In the case of Moses, one or two scraps of information could be gleaned. 5 Volume II of the Beitrdge does not deal in any systematic manner with the date and composition of the Pentateuch, although the following points can be gleaned from the text.
W.M.L. de Wette, founder of modern Biblical criticism: an intellectual biography by John W. Rogerson