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By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Works on previous testomony historiography, the 'Conquest', and the origins of old Israel have burgeoned in fresh days. yet whereas others were issuing new reconstructions this novel paintings provides a detailed interpreting of the biblical textual content. the point of interest is at the literary options 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 more advantageous by way of engagement with the $64000 self-discipline of the philosophy of background. historic Conquest money owed, replete with huge quotations from Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian conquest money owed, is a discovered and methodologically delicate learn of a variety of historical close to japanese texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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128 One area of the ancient world which will not be included in this contextual investigation is Greece. One might wonder— especially in light of Van Seters's recent work—why this area will not be included for he contends: it would appear to be self-evident and entirely natural for biblical scholars who treat the subject of the origins of history writing in ancient Israel to give some attention to the corresponding rise of history writing in Greece and to the work of Herodotus in particular (p.

God has divinely elected David and his dynasty to rule and has rejected Saul. Again, this kind of view of history is deficient. History is not objective, impartial reporting. Simply because there is justification and legitimation of the Davidic dynasty's seizure of power in the narrative, does not exclude the text from the category of history writing. H. Tadmor has shown that through a comparison with the apologies of Esarhaddon and A£§urbanipal one can come to a better understanding of the Davidic material as royal apology66 (which is certainly within the category of history writing).

27 Thus, the very evidence, which distinguishes a work as an apology according to Van Seters, can be used to support an argument to identify the Telipinu text as an apology. And this is the text which Van Seters wants to compare to the Hattuslli text to prove that that text is not an apology! 28 To sum up: essentialist generic approaches fail because they see genre as a determinate category made up of fixed constituents. Many scholars who follow this type of approach feel that they can distinguish historiography from fiction simply by form.

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