CASSUTO, UMBERTO (Moses David; –), Italian historian and biblical and Semitic scholar. Born in Florence, son of Gustavo and Ernesta Galletti. Hebrew name – משה דוד קאסוטו; Italian name – Umberto Cassuto Cassuto was raised in a religious Jewish home, receiving a traditional Jewish education. A half century ago, the Jewish scholar Umberto Cassuto raised damaging questions about the theory. His conclusions were summarized in a little book called.
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Coen, Joel and Ethan. RMI18—62; G. According to Cassuto, then, each of the uberto pillars of the Documentary Hypothesis crumbles to dust when approached more closely and “touched. Cassuto argued first of all that the supposed terminological, grammatical and stylistic traits indicative of separate documents actually were common in Hebrew language and literature and were shared with other biblical and post-biblical Jewish literature whose essential unity was not seriously questioned, including liturgical, midrashic, medieval and even modern Jewish religious writing.
The name “Yahweh,” he argued, is the covenant Name of God, and is used when His relationship to Israel is in view. Cass, Moses “Moss” Henry. He also revised the layout of the text, its division into paragraphs, the use of poetical lines when appropriate see the books of PsalmsProverbs and Job and similar matters. Although each of the “five pillars” receives its own chapter or even two chapters of consideration, the relatively brief eight lectures uumberto The Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch can only present a few choice and representative instances to buttress each of the major points Cassuto makes, selected as he says in his Introduction from amongst the parade examples used by advocates of the Documentary Hypothesis to substantiate their case.
When Margulies died inCassuto was appointed his successor both in the rabbinate and as director of the Rabbinical Seminary. Sample pages Online book.
Cassutp successful physician, he headed the Jewish community of Florence during the Holocaust. In the s he was for some years deputy mayor of Jerusalem.
The one which eventually emerged to dominate the field was a particularly comprehensive version of the Documentary Hypothesis put forward by Julius Wellhausen in Finally, he consistently called attention away from the history of the text to the content and form of the existing text.
The Magnes Press, Hebrew University, Cori, Gerty Theresa Radnitz. Archived from the original on August 9, Each of the five “pillars” of the theory, Cassuto argued, crumbled to dust upon investigation.
A Commentary on the Book of Genesis. Cassuto’s The Cssuto Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch Hebrew, Torat HaTeudot; English translation, was one of the first mainstream works to offer a detailed critique of Wellhausen, rejecting both the central idea of the documentary model – that the Pentateuch had its origins in originally separate documents which had been combined by an editor into the final text – and Wellhausen’s dating, which saw the four sources being composed between and BC with the final redaction around BC.
Cassuto admitted that the Documentary Hypothesis is based on some valid observations. To sever the universal God umberro nature that was according to the Pentateuch also known in other cultures, behind their varying cults, from the personal God of history revealed at Sinai to Israel, as the Documentary Cassuuto implicitly did, was to distort one of the fundamental messages of the Pentateuch and Israelite religion itself.
He studied there at the university and the Collegio Rabbinico. The Hebrew University Magnes Press.
The Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch was intended only as a more accessible overview drawn from that earlier work. After umbrrto a degree and Semichahe taught in both institutions.
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He wrote a more detailed commentary on Exodus and at the time of his death had completed chapters of a more detailed commentary on Genesis ; both of these latter commentaries are available in English and of course reflect his views on the Documentary Hypothesis and help strengthen his earlier arguments in their defense.
After being ordained rabbi, he continued studying at acssuto rabbinical umbedto, taught there, and served as secretary and assistant rabbi of the Jewish community until A Commentary on the Book of Genesis2 vols.
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Correa, Isabel Rachel de. His Ugaritic studies thus throw considerable light on the literary structure and vocabulary exegesis of the Bible.
To order press here and sign in as a private user. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Cassuto’s comments have a vivid imberto seldom found in the exegetical writings of other Biblical expositors, who all too often prefer a jejune and lifeless approach to their subject.