The Wilderness Tradition and the Historian of Religion

James K. Hoffmeier

in Ancient Israel in Sinai

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195155464
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835652 | DOI:
 The Wilderness Tradition and the Historian of Religion

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The 19th century Religionswissenschaft, “the scientific” or the comparative study of religion, approach is examined, as well as how more recent books on the religion of ancient Israel view the wilderness traditions. Surprisingly, most studies of the religion of Israel in recent years have completely failed to recognize the formative nature of the wilderness period to ancient Israel’s religion. Recognizing the limitations of modern (enlightenment positivism) and post-modern approaches to the Bible and ancient Israel’s religion, an alternative method, the phenomenological approach, is proffered.

Keywords: Enlightenment; phenomenological approach; post-modern; Religionswissenschaft; wilderness tradition

Chapter.  4919 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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