GRILL, Julius

GRILL, Julius. 10.7.1840 — ?.9.1930. German Indologist and Theologian. Professor of Theology in Tübingen. Studies of theology at Tübingen, also Indology under Roth. Taught as Repetent in Tübingen, then Deacon in Calw, until 1888 Professor at Maulborn Seminary. From 1888 Professor of O.T. Exegetics at Tübingen, until retirement.

The critical edition of the Veṇīsaṁhāra, prepared with the help of Lenz’s posthumous collation, was Grill’s main Indological work. In his later years he used his knowledge of Indology for comparative religion. In 1875 he wanted to show that “das hebräische Urvolk in seinem Ursprung ein sanskrit-arisches Glied der indo­germanischen Kette” was, and concluding that this people had “seine sanskritische Muttersprache mit einem semitischen Idiom, dem sog. Hebräischen, vertauscht”. Accordingly, he etymologizised Ahărôn < Atharvan, Nôah < Nāvaka, Debhôräh < vipalā (sic), etc. Nevertheless, his specimen of Atharvaveda translation was an important achievement.

Publications: edited: Veṇīsaṁhara. Die Ehrenrettung der Königin. Ein Drama in 6 Akten von Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa. 1871.

diss.publ. Hundert Lieder des Atharvaveda. Übersetzt und mit Bemerkungen versehen. 72 p. Progr. des ev. theol. Seminars zu Maulbronn. 1879, 2nd ed. as a book. 221 p. St. 1889.

Die Erzväter der Menschheit. 1. Zur Methode der urgeschichtlichen Forschung. Die ersten Menschen. 1875; “Schi-king 1, 1, 19”, Festgruss Böhtlingk 1888; Die persische Mysterienreligion im römischen Reich und das Christentum. 4+60 p. Tübingen 1903.

much on theology.

Sources: Windisch 384f.; not in N.D.B.

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