World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Friedrich Delitzsch

Article Id: WHEBN0014740384
Reproduction Date:

Title: Friedrich Delitzsch  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: K.3364, Jewish skeptics, Wingolf, Amen, Moses Schorr
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Friedrich Delitzsch

Friedrich Delitzsch (September 3, 1850 – December 19, 1922) was a German Assyriologist. He was the son of Lutheran theologian Franz Delitzsch (1813–1890).

Born in Erlangen, he studied in Leipzig and Berlin, being habilitated in 1874 as a lecturer of Semitic languages and Assyriology in Leipzig. In 1885 he became a "full professor" at Leipzig, afterwards serving as a professor at the Universities of Breslau (1893) and Berlin (1899).

He was co-founder of the Deutschen Orientgesellschaft (German Oriental Society) and director of the Vorderasiatischen Abteilung (Near Eastern Department) of the Royal Museums.

der Babel und Bibel-Streit

Friedrich Delitzsch specialized in the study of ancient Middle Eastern languages, and published numerous works on Assyrian language, history and culture. He is remembered today for his scholarly critique of the Biblical Old Testament. In a 1902 controversial lecture titled "Babel and Bible", Delitzsch maintained that many Old Testament writings were borrowed from ancient Babylonian tales, including the stories of the Creation and Flood from the Book of Genesis. During the following years there were several translations and modified versions of the "Babel and Bible". In the early 1920s, Delitzsch published the two-part Die große Täuschung (The Great Deception), which was a critical treatise on the book of Psalms, prophets of the Old Testament, the invasion of Canaan, etc. Delitzsch also stridently questioned the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible and placed great emphasis on its numerous examples of immorality (see also Julius Wellhausen).

Influence and legacy

Although Delitszch's proposal to replace the Old Testament with German myths did not extend to this revision, his student Paul Haupt was one of the major advocates of the thesis of the Aryan Jesus.[1]


  • Friedrich Delitzsch (1889). Archibald Robert Stirling Kennedy, ed. Assyrian grammar with paradigms, exercises, glossary and bibliography. Volume 10 of Porta linguarum orientalium. H. Reuther. p. 446. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  • Friedrich Delitzsch (1896). Assyrisches Handwörterbuch (ATLA monograph preservation program). J.C. Hinrichs. p. 730. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  • Bruno Meissner, Friedrich Delitzsch (1898). Assyrisches Handwörterbuch. 1896 (ATLA monograph preservation program). E.J. Brill. p. 137. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 


  1. ^ Susannah Heschel The Aryan Jesus: Christian theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
  • Book Rags; Friedrich and Franz Delitzsch

External links

  • Works by or about Friedrich Delitzsch in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.