Walther Eichrodt

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Walther Eichrodt (August 1, 1890 in Gernsbach, Baden – May 20, 1978 in Basel) was a German Old Testament scholar and Protestant theologian.

From 1908 to 1914 he studied theology in Bethel, Greifswald and Heidelberg, obtaining his habilitation at the University of Erlangen in 1918.[1] In 1922 he succeeded Albrecht Alt as an associate professor of history of religions and Old Testament studies at the University of Basel,[2] where from 1934 to 1960 he taught classes as a full professor. In 1953 he was named university rector.[1]

Eichrodt believed that the book of Genesis was added as a prologue to the Old Testament after the writing of Exodus had been completed.[3]

Literary works[edit]

  • Die Quellen der Genesis (1916).
  • Die Hoffnung des ewigen Friedens alten Israel (1920).
  • Theologie des Alten Testaments, 3 volumes (1933–39); translated into English and published in 2 volumes as Theology of the Old Testament (1961, 1967).
  • Das Menschenverständnis des Alten Testaments (1944); translated into English and published as Man in the Old Testament (1951).
  • Ezekiel; a commentary; English translation by Cosslett Quin (1970).[4]


  1. ^ a b Walther Eichrodt in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ McKim, Donald K. (6 January 1998). Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830814527. Retrieved 6 January 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Catalog Search Results - Hathi Trust Digital Library". Catalog.hathitrust.org. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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