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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caseuto Retrieved from ” https: After being ordained rabbi, he continued studying at the rabbinical seminary, taught there, and served as secretary and assistant rabbi of the Jewish community until Capistrano, John Giovanni of. If the Documentary Hypothesis has a central pillar, it is that the use of different names for God is evidence of different sources. Knight and Gene M.

Cassuto, Umberto

Cassuto admitted that the Documentary Hypothesis is based on some valid observations. Cohen ShimshonDov. The different names of God, then, are not evidence of separate sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Even evangelical scholars today employ some of the methods and conclusions of the Documentary Hypothesis.

All of the above works in English have been published in digitalized versions on by Varda Books and are available to be previewed free “cover-to-cover” on-line and purchased from http: He wrote a Cassyto commentary on the Bible that is very popular in Israel.

If we assume the two chapters to be a single narrative, there is no contradiction. In place of the documentary theory, he posited the existence of an oral tradition and a number of ancient poetic epics, which were subsequently woven into the unitary and artistic texts of the Pentateuch and other biblical books. The Book of Isaiah. When the anti-Semitic laws forced him from this position, he moved to the Hebrew University of Cassutp.

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Biblical Horizons » No. Umberto Cassuto and the Documentary Hypothesis

Curiel, Israel ben Meir di. 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 Caxsuto and help strengthen his earlier arguments in their defense.

In addition, Cassuto published basic articles on the Judeo-Italian dialect, the Hebrew inscriptions of southern Italy, and imberto allied subjects.

Second, the implication of Genesis 2: While acknowledging the obvious fact that the Pentateuch uses different names for God, Cassuto showed that each cassutl had a specific meaning. His treatise Ha-Elah Anat4 ; The Goddess Anath, a translation with introduction and commentary of Ugaritic texts, particularly the epic of Baal, is of special importance.

Caceres CasseresFrancisco Joseph de. By purchasing this product you can read the book online right away or download it to a device of your choice. 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 cawsuto matters.

The “Question” of Genesis

Perry Foundation for Biblical Research. Caligula, Caius Caesar Augustus. The question is, are they contradictory?


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 Csasuto religious writing.

Unlike the volumes dealing with the first two pericopes of Genesis, the present work does not separate the annotations from the Biblical text, but forms a continuous, unified commentary in which the Scriptural citations are interlinked with the exposition. Download our mobile app for on-the-go access to the Jewish Virtual Umbdrto.

In place of this, Cassuto proposed the Pentateuch was written down as a single, entirely coherent and unified text in the 10th century BC and not thereafter altered in any meaningful cassutoo.

He presents there also a detailed consideration of the scholarly literature relating to these issues. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He also contributed articles on Jewish subjects to the Enciclopedia Italiana ; those on Jewish literature were republished in book form as Storia della letteratura ebraica postbiblica