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Joseph-Ernest Renan (1823-1892)

Joseph-Ernest Renan (1823-1892) was a French scholar of early Christianity, orientalist, philosopher. Professor of Hebrew at College de France from 1862. Wrote many works on the history of ancient Judaism. Hugely popular and influential in his own time. His assertions that the life of Jesus should be written like the life of any other man, and that the Bible could ...

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Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900)

Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900) was a Czech-born Jewish American scholar, novelist, playright, rabbi and leader of American Reform Judaism, first president of Hebrew Union College in 1875. Was among the first Jewish scholars to deal with Christian origins, including both Christian and Rabbinic origins in his introduction to “The Hebrews’ Second Commonwealth.” Also, was one of the first Jewish writers ...

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was an American social activist, scholar, writer and suffragist. Stanton is best remembered for organizing in 1843 the Seneca Falls convention at which she first called for women’s right to vote. Raised as a strict Presbyterian, Stanton had learned Greek. In the 1880s she invited female Hebrew and Greek scholars to contribute to the first feminist ...

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Abraham Geiger (1810-1874)

Abraham Geiger (1810-1874) was a Jewish-German scholar, rabbi, and founder of Reform Judaism. His History of Judaism includes a survey of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins, which presents Jesus as a Pharisee. He was also a pioneer in addressing the issue of the relationships between Judaism and early Islam.

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Hannah Adams (1755-1831)

Hannah Adams (1755-1831) was an American scholar and Christian author. Born in Medfield, MA, in a time in which women had no access to the academia, she learned Latin and Greek from the divinity students who boarded with her father. An independent scholar and largely self-taught, she became a prolific writer, authoring texts in American history, religion and Jewish history. ...

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Johann Gottfried Eichhorn (1752-1827)

Johann Gottfried Eichhorn (1752-1827) was a German scholar, Protestant theologian of Enlightenment and early Orientalist. Professor of oriental languages at the University of Jena (1775-1788) and Göttingen (1788-1827). Credited as one of the fathers of modern Biblical criticism. Author of the first critical introduction to the Old Testament Apocrypha in 1795.  

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Johann Albert Fabricius (1668-1736)

Johann Albert Fabricius (1668-1736) was a German scholar, and a specialist in Second Temple Studies and OT Pseudepigrapha Studies in particular. Classical Scholar and bibliographer, Johann Albert Fabricius, professor at Heidelberg, devoted his research to the collection of Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Christian antiquities. He was the editor of the first collection of NT Apocrypha and OT Pseudepigrapha.

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Humphrey Prideaux (1648-1724)

Humphrey Prideaux (1648-1724) was a British scholar, clergyman and a specialist in Second Temple Studies and Early Islamic Studies. While his approach to early Islamic studies was heavily apologetic, his work on “intertestamental” Jewish history dominated the field for more than a century with numerous editions and translations in French, Italian, and Germany.

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John Lightfoot (1602-1675)

John Lightfoot (1602-1675) was a British rabbinic scholar, churchman, one of the major contributors to the Walton Polyglot Bible and author of the first comprehensive commentary of New Testament based on Jewish, mostly halakhic, literature.

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