Discover classic works by a pioneer of the tradition-historical method of biblical criticism. Gerhard von Rad has influenced generations of theologians and biblical critics with his reconstructions of the development of Old Testament texts. The Gerhard von Rad Collection brings together significant works by this giant of biblical scholarship. The Problem of the Hexateuch and Other Essays collects some of his most influential articles, including the titular “The Form-Critical Problem of the Hexateuch.” In Wisdom in Israel, von Rad applies the tradition-historical method to Hebrew wisdom literature, comparing it to other traditions within Hebrew literature and arguing for a new understanding of its development. Together, these volumes form a thorough introduction to the work of a major Old Testament scholar.
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Includes works by an influential tradition-historical scholar
Reconstructs the development of Old Testament texts
Provides a thorough introduction Gerhard von Rad’s work
First published in 1966, and long unavailable, this volume collects Gerhard von Rad’s most influential articles. Investigate the theological significance of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Reconstruct the development of the Hexateuch with von Rad’s classic, form-critical study. In addition to the title work, this volume includes essays such as “The Theological Problem of the Old Testament Doctrine of Creation,” “Some Aspects of the Old Testament World View,” “The Beginnings of History Writing in Ancient Israel,” and “The Joseph Narrative and Ancient Wisdom.”
In his last major work, Gerhard von Rad asserts that the Hebrew conception of wisdom involved an “encounter with the world as the creation of God.” Arguing that the wisdom teachers radically reinterpreted earlier creedal formulations, von Rad demonstrates that Hebrew wisdom was fundamentally different from both the teachings of the Pentateuch and the prophetic movement. Basing his study on a wide range of literary materials such as the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Wisdom of Ben Sirach, von Rad provides a foundational text for understanding the ancient Hebrews’ conception of wisdom.
Highly recommended both to biblical and non-biblical scholars and students.
—R.E. Clements, The Expository Times
A must for every minister and man who feels himself caught in a secular and apparently materialistic society.
—G. Henton Davies, The Baptist Times
About Gerhard von Rad
Gerhard von Rad (1901-1971) was a prominent German Old Testament scholar. In the years following the two World Wars, von Rad focused on Old Testament studies in response to anti-Semitic tendencies in German academia. He is noted for pioneering the tradition-historical method of biblical studies. He taught at the University of Jena, University of Gottingen, and Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.