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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Thus, the author of the Yahwist creation story talks about "the man" and "the woman," generic beings, not individual persons, no Mr.
The second part concerns the history of the literary development of the Pentateuch, covering Deuteronomy and its features, form and structure, literary aspects, origins, and themes and social context; the Yahwist; the style of the Priestly writer; and law in the Pentateuch.
Impressive though the Yahwist faiths may be, not least for their longevity and ability to eradicate rivals, the key question pertains to another fundamental belief of the Yahwists.
probably a Chaldean) whom he refers to as the Yahwist, J or Bathsheba.
By having God supply a helping partner, the Yahwist does not say in Genesis 2:18-24 "all genuine encounters between human persons are simultaneously encounters with God" (8-9).
Specifically, they found four major time periods and four voices: the Yahwist from the kingdom of Judah, the Elohist from the kingdom of Israel, the Deuteronomist from the Reformist period and the Priestly from the Kohen period of exile.
Nonetheless, there are still more people who believe that the Yahwist credited Joseph with a multicolored coat than are familiar with the fable as actually written."
Both the Priestly (hereafter "P") and the Yahwist (hereafter "J") sources of Genesis creation narratives chose to distance themselves from the militant, violent, patriarchal and imperial models of creation.
For those who have a background in Scripture Studies, they would know that it is written using two traditions common with the authors of the Ancient Near East, the Priestly (P) and Yahwist (J) traditions.
Onslaught against innocence; Cain, Abel, and the Yahwist. (reprint, 2008)
The Captivity of Innocence: Babel and the Yahwist, by Andre LaCocque.