PSCO Presentation: 16 April, 2015

“Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) and Julius Wellhausen (1844-1918) on Prophets and Sacrifice”

Alisha Pomazon (St. Thomas More)


Alisha Pomazon wrote her 2010 McMaster University dissertation on "Neighbors and strangers: Hermann Cohen and Protestant biblical criticism." She is now an Assistant Professor at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. Among her publications is her 2015 article in the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy on "Herman Cohen and Prophetic Eigenart".

Audio Recording

Here is an audio recording of this session.

Suggested Readings

Hermann Cohen, Religion of Reason out of the Sources of Judaism [1919], trans. S. Kaplan (repr. ed.; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995), esp. pp. 170-177, 195-205, 242-247, 255-263.

J. Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel [1882] (repr. ed.; New York: Meridian, 1957).

This is Wellhausen's Encyclopedia Britannica article on "Israel" from 1881. Focus on highlighted passages in PDF file. See the German of the Prolegomena.

PDFs of the readings have been uploaded onto our private PSCO Facebook group page. If you'd like these materials sent to you by email, please contact Matt Chalmers (

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.