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Julius Wellhausen

1844 - 1918

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Julius Wellhausen (17 May 1844 – 7 January 1918) was a German biblical scholar and orientalist. In the course of his career, his research interest moved from Old Testament research through Islamic studies to New Testament scholarship. Wellhausen contributed to the composition history of the Pentateuch/Torah and studied the formative period of Islam. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Julius Wellhausen has received more than 225,883 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Julius Wellhausen is the 77th most popular historian (down from 76th in 2019), the 1,047th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,032nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Historian.

Julius Wellhausen is most famous for his documentary hypothesis, which argues that the Pentateuch was written by four different authors, and that the first five books of the Old Testament were written by a single author.

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Among historians, Julius Wellhausen ranks 77 out of 339Before him are Al-Dhahabi, Movses Khorenatsi, Erich Auerbach, Carlo Ginzburg, Eutropius, and Donna Haraway. After him are Ephorus, Timaeus, Yuval Noah Harari, Georges Duby, Flavio Biondo, and George Ostrogorsky.

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Among people born in 1844, Julius Wellhausen ranks 29Before him are Abdur Rahman Khan, Ismail Qemali, Charles-Marie Widor, Charles-Émile Reynaud, `Abdu'l-Bahá, and Karl Lueger. After him are Sophia Tolstaya, Saitō Hajime, Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, Henry J. Heinz, Adolf Engler, and Mihály Munkácsy. Among people deceased in 1918, Julius Wellhausen ranks 45Before him are Charles-Émile Reynaud, Eusebi Güell, Koloman Moser, Emil Jellinek, Andrew Dickson White, and John Bauer. After him are Anna Dostoevskaya, Paul von Rennenkampf, César Ritz, István Tisza, Ivan Cankar, and Princess Anna of Prussia.

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Among people born in Germany, Julius Wellhausen ranks 1,047 out of 6,142Before him are Josef Harpe (1887), Uli Hoeneß (1952), John McEnroe (1959), Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia (1887), Joseph Pilates (1883), and Gerda Christian (1913). After him are Horst Tappert (1923), Johann Mattheson (1681), Walter Christaller (1893), Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1696), Lucian Freud (1922), and Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789).

Among HISTORIANS In Germany

Among historians born in Germany, Julius Wellhausen ranks 8Before him are Leopold von Ranke (1795), Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), Erwin Panofsky (1892), Samuel von Pufendorf (1632), Aby Warburg (1866), and Erich Auerbach (1892). After him are Hieronymus Wolf (1516), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876), Hermann Alexander Diels (1848), Reinhart Koselleck (1923), Christoph Cellarius (1638), and Golo Mann (1909).