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 (yä′wĭst) also Yah·vist (-vĭst)
The putative author of the earliest sources of the Hexateuch in which God is consistently referred to by the Tetragrammaton.

Yah′wism n.
Yah·wis′tic adj.
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(ˈjɑːwɪst) or




(ˈjɑːvɪst) or


(Bible) the Yahwist Bible
a. the conjectured author or authors of the earliest of four main sources or strands of tradition of which the Pentateuch is composed and in which God is called Yahweh throughout
b. (as modifier): the Yahwist source.
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(ˈyɑ wɪst)

also Yah•vist


a writer of the earliest major source of the Hexateuch, in which God is characteristically referred to as Yahweh rather than Elohim.
Compare Elohist.
Yah•wis′tic, adj.
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the author of part of the first six books in the Old Testament, so named because of numerous references therein to God as Yahweh (Jehovah). Cf. Elohist.
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The optimistic Priestly writer perceived an idyllic and bountiful creation; whereas the pessimistic Jahwist writer viewed a dark sinister world bound by death, suffering, and limited productivity.
However, a major gap becomes apparent with respect to Knierim and Coats' attributions to the Jahwist (J).
No prophet could any longer believe this; for between [the prophet] and those founding acts hung a fiery curtain of dire judgments upon Israel, judgments which, in the prophets' opinion, had already begun; and this message of judgment had no basis in the old Jahwist tradition.
(16) Protestants tend to rely on the Jahwist account of creation in Genesis, (17) which although later in sequence, was given its edited form some three hundred years before the Priestly account.
Sometime in this formative process, perhaps from the start, he may have realized that he could order the seventeen-and-a-half minute film with allusions to the Priestly narrative of creation that opens Genesis, ending in a suggestion of the Jahwist's Eden that occurs in the second chapter.
Modem critical Bible scholarship argues that the Five Books of Moses include texts of several writers or groups of writers, such as the J (Jahwist), E (Elohistic), D (Deuteronomistic), and P (Priestly) writers; JE, the historiographer of J and E; and R, the redactor of JE, D, and P.(8) These writers wrote during the course of more than five centuries and in several communities within the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of Judah, and the Transjordan.(9)