Great Men and Movements in Israel

Great Men and Movements in Israel

Great Men and Movements in Israel

Great Men and Movements in Israel

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Professor Rudolf Kittel needs no introduction to an American audience. For a generation his books have commanded the attention and stimulated the thought of our scholars. This is evidenced by the fact that a considerable number of his books have appeared in English dress. His first important work, The History of the Hebrews, published in Germany in 1888 (Volume I) and 1892 (Volume II) made such an impression that it was published in English only three years later, in 1895, and in the same year appeared his edition of Chronicles in The Sacred Books of the Old Testament (the "Rainbow Bible"). His smaller but interesting monograph, The Babylonian Excavations and Early Biblical History, was brought out in Germany in 1903, was almost immediately translated into English and went through three editions in its English form (1904-1908). This was followed by The Scientific Study of the Old Testament in 1911 and after a long interval, within which fell the War, by The Religion of the People of Israel (1925). Almost all of these translated works have had interest for a larger audience than the comparatively small group of scholars and specialists in Old Testament study. But the present book is addressed especially to this larger company of readers. To them it may prove helpful to say a word upon its origin and viewpoint, and upon the character of the man who wrote it.

Professor Kittel will probably be remembered longest for his Biblia Hebraica (the text of the Hebrew Bible) with its admirably convenient critical apparatus, which has become a . . .

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