K. Lawson Younger Jr.'s Ancient Conquest Accounts: A Study in Ancient Near Eastern PDF

By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

ISBN-10: 0567557049

ISBN-13: 9780567557049

Works on previous testomony historiography, the 'Conquest', and the origins of historic Israel have burgeoned in fresh days. yet whereas others were issuing new reconstructions this novel paintings provides an in depth analyzing of the biblical textual content. the focal point is at the literary ideas that historical writers hired in narrating tales of conquest, and the purpose is to pinpoint their communicative intentions of their personal contexts. This analyzing is stronger through engagement with the $64000 self-discipline of the philosophy of heritage. historical Conquest debts, replete with wide quotations from Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian conquest bills, is a discovered and methodologically delicate learn of a variety of historic close to japanese texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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They flew like birds to ledges on high mountains. 50 Again, it would not be wise to conclude that on the basis of the use of a divine name or figurative language that this text is not historical. Cultural and religious encoding of the story must be taken into consideration. Another point must be made concerning 'real' as opposed to 'imaginary' events. While the use of direct speech is not acceptable in today's modern canon of history writing unless it is a quote, in ancient history writing direct speech was quite common.

To this the Ideal Witness' is blind. So even if we could witness certain events, we could not verify them under these descriptions. 73 Two obvious implications to be drawn from his discussion are: 1) a 'full description' cannot adequately meet the needs of historians, and so fails to represent the ideal by which we should judge accounts. 2) not being witness to the event is not such a bad thing if our interests are historical. Thus, whether the author of the biblical text was an eyewitness or not need not effect our decision concerning whether it is history or not So, the credibility of the biblical accounts does not necessarily decrease 'in the ratio of their distance in time from the narrator'.

In the formulation of a definition of history, these invalid criteria must be repudiated. Moreover, history is artistically constructed and does not necessarily follow a strict chronological format of presentation. Nurturing 'New Shoots' Thus far we have investigated what history is not via two definitions which Old Testament scholars have put forth. In this next section we will investigate what history is. 49 36 Ancient Conquest Accounts It is, however, important that this 'real' or 'true' (rather than 'imaginary') narrative be understood culturally.

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