The Origin of the History of Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)
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About "The Origin of the History of Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)"
This book aims to demonstrate that Primary History, the historical work contained in the first nine books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis-2 Kings), was written as one unitary work, in deliberate emulation of the Greek-language Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus (completed circa 440 BCE), so that the diversity of its books and sections is largely a literary device. The work is believed to have been written in the period 440-420 BCE, in the period of reform usually associated with the name of Nehemiah. Though this thesis does not directly affect questions of historicity, understanding the literary nature of Primary History promises to open new vistas for research into the history of Israel, the Hebrew Bible in general and the history of the Hebrew language.
Meet the Author
Jan-Wim is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Semitic Studies in the Theological University of Kampen, The Netherlands.