The Minimalist–Maximalist Controversy

Back to Reason - Minimalism in Biblical Studies - Niels Peter Lemche

Niels Peter Lemche [+-]
University of Copenhagen
Niels Peter Lemche, has been publishing in the field of Old Testament studies for fifty years. He has been both Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, from 1978 to 1986 and Professor of Theology at the University of Copenhagen from 1987 to 2013. He is the founder and present editor of the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (since 1987), and a member of the board of the Copenhagen International Seminar (Routledge). He has recently edited (in co-operation with Dr. Jim West) Jeremiah in History and Tradition (Routledge, 2019).


A presentation of the debate when it was most intense: Not very educating but showing Old Testament scholarship when it is worst – and most uninformed. A major problem is the assertion that minimalism came out of the blue and was totally dominated by (false) ideology. It did not but was the consequence of a process in Old Testament studies that had lasted for thirty years or more before its appearance.

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Lemche, Niels Peter. The Minimalist–Maximalist Controversy. Back to Reason - Minimalism in Biblical Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800501881. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43077. Jun 2022

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