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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.


(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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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.


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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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.
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.
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.
The latter, written by the so-called Yahwist writer, probably in the tenth century B.
Paul installed women as leaders in the churches he founded; 43-A; 44-C; 45-B, John's gospel has the washing of the feet story but no bread and wine; 46-B; 47-D; 48-C, the seamless garment is an image for a comprehensive respect for human life; 49-B; 50-C, the four sources are: Yahwist (J), Elohist, Deuteronomic, and Priestly, referring to characteristics of each source.
In his brilliantly kooky 2002 book Genius--subtitled "a mosaic of one hundred exemplary creative minds"--the esteemed Yale University literary scholar Harold Bloom included, among obvious entrants such as Shakespeare and Milton, two biblical authors: Saint Paul from the New Testament, and "the Yahwist," or J, who wrote key sections of the Old.
Asen, "No, Yes and Perhaps in Amos and the Yahwist," Vetus Testamentum 43:4 (1993) pp.
440 BCE Priestly Codex and Genesis 2 to the older Yahwist strand.