The History Of The Religion Of Israel And Its Newer Representation -- By: Eduard Friedrich Konig
BSac 69:275 (July 1912) p. 513
The History Of The Religion Of Israel And Its Newer Representation1
There is, however, an unscientific exaggeration in these
BSac 69:275 (July 1912) p. 514
words; for, even if the historical tradition of the Israelites is taken, as it appears after critical research, it will by no means say that the culmination of the historical course was at the beginning. For this historical tradition also recognizes a development of the religious conceptions of Israel; for instance, in regard to the names of God and his attributes, and in regard to the legislation and the prophecies.
But should the historical tradition of Israel really show the culmination at the beginning, we would have to say, in the second place, that the historian ought to acknowledge this. For, refusing to do so, Vatke proved that he did not know the real method of historical research. He did not try to find the history in its sources, but to evolve it out of philosophical discussions. Like his teacher Hegel, Vatke conceived all history, especially the history of religion, under the point of view of constant evolution; and, according to this, his view had to rise from thesis to antithesis, and by suppression of these contraries to a new stage. So Vatke’s view of the course of history was, by principle, evolutionary. Wellhausen, then, has learned “the most and the best” from a man who knew beforehand, according to his philosophical ideas, the rhythm ...
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