Babel and Bible
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The Babel and Bible dispute reached its peak of intensity in the years 1902–1904. It was triggered by lectures given by the German Assyriologist Friedrich Delitzsch (1850–1922). Like other scholars, Delitzsch made inferences from discoveries in Mesopotamian archaeology and cuneiform studies in regard to the origins of the Hebrew Bible. What was new was the vehemence with which he called large parts of the Hebrew Bible into question. His anti-Jewish attitude provoked reaction. Like Protestant Bible…

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Yaacov Shavit, Tel Aviv, “Babel and Bible”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 12 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0066>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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