Ernest Renan

Joseph Ernest Renan (French: [ʁənɑ̃]; 27 February 1823  2 October 1892)[2] was a French Orientalist and Semitic scholar, expert of Semitic languages and civilizations, historian of religion, philologist, philosopher, biblical scholar and critic.[3] He wrote influential and pioneering historical works on the origins of early Christianity,[3] and espoused popular political theories especially concerning nationalism and national identity. Renan is credited as being among the first scholars to advance the Khazar theory, which holds that Ashkenazi Jews were descendants of the Khazars,[4] Turkic peoples who had adopted Jewish religion and migrated to Western Europe following the collapse of their khanate.[4]

Ernest Renan
Ernest Renan by Antoine Samuel Adam-Salomon, circa 1870s
Joseph Ernest Renan

(1823-02-28)28 February 1823
Died2 October 1892(1892-10-02) (aged 69)
Notable work
Life of Jesus (1863)
What Is a Nation? (1882)
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy
Main interests
History of religion, philosophy of religion, political philosophy
Notable ideas
Civic nationalism[1]