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The Origin of the History of Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Jan-Wim Wesselius

The Origin of the History of Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Jan-Wim Wesselius

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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.

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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.
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Jan-Wim Wesselius

Jan-Wim is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Semitic Studies in the Theological University of Kampen, The Netherlands.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface Two Great Historical Works A Remarkable Procedure Consequences For The Study Of Primary History Consequences For The Study Of Biblical Literature The Narrator's Program. Samuel And Eli In 1 Samuel 2 And 3 God, Man And Fellow-man Two Wise Women Who Killed Goliath? The Two Versions Of The First Meeting Of David And Saul Conclusion: The Author's Achievement Figures Bibliography Of Works Quoted In The Text Indexes
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