Selected Essays of James Darmesteter by James DarmesteterSelected Essays of James Darmesteter by James Darmesteter

Selected Essays of James Darmesteter

byJames Darmesteter

Paperback | January 11, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL. The Bible is a book more generally respected than known in France, and biblical criticism, though cradled there, is a new thing. Without going as far back as to Richard Simon,1 the ingenious Oratorian who caught a glimpse of the problem and of the proper method, but whose attempt, stifled by the too cautious orthodoxy of Bossuet, bore no fruit, it is to a Frenchman to whom is due the initial discovery from which modern exegesis has been developed. In 1753 the physician Jean Astruc, professor in the College de France, noting in Genesis the alternate use of two different names for God, Jehovah and Elohim, drew the conclusion that our Book of Genesis is the result of a fusion of two prior and independent Geneses.2 Thus theological and edifying exegesis, which is in reality a form of preaching sufficient only to a faith without curiosity and without intellectual disquiet, gave way to historical exegesis, which, through teaching us how the texts are constructed, gives us a clearer conception of how the ideas themselves are formed. 1 Histoire Critique du Vieux Testament, 1678. a Conjectures sur les Mimoires originaux dont il parait que Moise s'est servipour composer le lime de la Genise, 1753. Astruc was a believer, with the mind of a scholar. It is a long stretch from Astruc to Voltaire, and from the "Conjectures sur la Genese"to the "Bible enfin expliquee." For all that, this little pamphlet in some respects deserves a place of honor in the history of modern criticism. Voltaire's good sense was too profound ever entirely to fail him, and, amidst the mass of puerilities with which he thought successfully to crush the Bible together with Christianity, he struck, without suspecting it, the very keynote of historical exegesis. Whether the honor o...
Title:Selected Essays of James DarmesteterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217990312

ISBN - 13:9780217990318