Biblical studies and the failure of history / Niels Peter Lemche. [electronic resource]

Lemche, Niels Peter, author.
Sheffield : Equinox, 2013.
1 online resource (viii, 344 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Copenhagen international seminar.
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Bible. Old Testament -- Historiography.
Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Until the 1970s biblical studies belonged to the historical-critical school and had reached a point where all problems were believed to have been solved. Then all assumptions began to be turned on their head. Previously, historical studies constituted the backbone of biblical studies; now, every aspect of biblical history began to be questioned. The idea of the Old Testament as a source of historical information was replaced by an understanding of the texts as a means for early Jewish society to interpret its past. Biblical Studies and the Failure of History brings together key essays which reflect the trajectory of this scholarly shift in order to illuminate the state of biblical studies today. The early essays present historical-critical studies tracing historical information. Further essays employ a more critical and interpretive perspective to examine seminal issues ranging from the Hellenistic contexts of biblical tradition to the functioning of Old Testament society.
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The ''Hebrew slave'': comments on the slave law, Exodus 21:2-11; 2. The manumission of slaves - the fallow year - the Sabbatical Year - the Jubilee Year; 3. Andurarum and Misarum: comments on the problem of social edicts and their application in the ancient Near East; 4. The Greek ''amphictyony'': could it be a prototype for Israelite society in the Period of the Judges?; 5. The chronology in the story of the Flood; 6. ''Hebrew'' as a national name for Israel
7. Rachel and Leah: on the survival of outdated paradigms in the study of the origin of Israel8. The Old Testament: a Hellenistic book?; 9. Power and social organization: some misunderstandings and some proposals, or is it all a question of patrons and clients?; 10. Is it still possible to write a history of ancient Israel?; 11. Is it still possible to speak about an ''Israelite religion''? From the perspective of a historian; 12. Kings and clients: on loyalty between the ruler and the ruled in ancient ''Israel''; 13. Justice in western Asia in antiquity, or why no laws were needed!
14. From patronage society to patronage society15. Are we Europeans really good readers of biblical texts and interpreters of biblical history?; 16. History writing in the ancient Near East and Greece; 17. Good and bad in history: the Greek connection; 18. On the problems of reconstructing pre-Hellenistic Israelite (Palestinian) history; 19. How does one date an expression of mental history? The Old Testament and Hellenism; 20. Chronology and archives: when does the history of Israel and Judah begin?
21. ''Because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts'' , or ''We and the rest of the world'': the authors who ''wrote'' the Old TestamentIndex of biblical references; Index of authors
Includes bibliographical reference and indexes.
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10.4324/9781315729114 doi