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GERICKE, Jacobus W.. Possible objections to a philosophical approach to ancient Israelite religion: A critical refutation. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2011, vol.67, n.3, pp.418-425. ISSN 2072-8050.

There exists a certain consensus amongst biblical scholars that involving philosophy in the attempt to understand ancient Israelite religion is hermeneutically fallacious. A philosophical approach to ancient Yahwism is considered out of place, given the non-philosophical nature of the Hebrew Bible, the normative concerns of philosophy and the historical agenda of biblical scholarship. In this article, however, the author attempted to show why none of the traditional objections should be considered as devastating as they were once thought to be.

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