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Pedersen, Johannes Peder Eljer
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(Nov 7, 1883, Illebølle, Langeland – Dec 22, 1977, Copenhagen), taught at the University of Copenhagen as a lecturer in Old Testament from 1916 to 1922, as professor of Semitic philology from 1922 to 1950. He specialized in Semitic languages and cultures, especially Arabic, and the OT in its Near Eastern setting. A critic of OT literary criticism, he emphasized the individuality and homogeneity of the OT (e.g. Exod 1–15: “Passahfest und Passahlegende,” ZAW 52, 1934, 161–175). Influenced by such scholars as V.P. Grønbech, he sought to understand Israel’s religion…

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Sæbø, Magne, “Pedersen, Johannes Peder Eljer”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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