Definition of Yahwist in English:

Yahwist

(also Yahvist)

noun

  • The postulated author or authors of parts of the first six books of the Bible, in which God is regularly named Yahweh.

    Compare with Elohist
    • ‘How many ‘Yahwists’ and ‘Elohists’, working over how many years, did it take to produce the book of Genesis?’
    • ‘Gehazi is a Yahwist, however, who understands nothing of the transformative faith to which the narrative attests.’
    • ‘The Yahwist also describes the breakdown of mutuality and relationship when we fail to adhere to that ethos, using human craftiness to exploit power.’
    • ‘It is to this effort that I now turn, engaging with my congregational members in a close reading and imaginative hearing of the Yahwist creation account as encountered in the second chapter of Genesis.’
    • ‘The primary source for the introductory material on the patriarchs is the Yahwist, although some harmonization and other editorial work have been done by the Priestly tradition.’
    • ‘Religiously, most of the returnees were probably strict Yahwists who adhered to the exclusive nationalism of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic law.’
    • ‘Blood is spilled on the earth in old rites masked as simple superstition so as not to raise the ire of the Yahwist religious rulers of Samaria.’
    • ‘The author used this approach to discuss the Yahwist's version of creation in Genesis 2 in two small groups in his congregation, one heterosexual and one homosexual.’
    • ‘In the Yahwist's version of the creation story in Genesis 2-3, longing for companionship between the sexes emerges even more centrally as the fundamental theme.’
    • ‘Genesis 2: 18-24 is part of the Yahwist creation story, in which woman is created subsequent to man.’
    • ‘The Yahwist tells us that from the beginning of time, God intended marriage to be a covenant of oneness, a unity of heart, mind, and body.’

Pronunciation:

Yahwist

/ˈjɑːwɪst/