Is the Bible Fact Or Fiction?: An Introduction to Biblical Historiography

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Paulist Press, 2004 - 176 pagina's
Even considering such questions alerts the modern reader to the limitations of ancient history, as well as to the great distance of time, culture, and language, between the biblical writer and the current reader. IS THE BIBLE FACT OR FICTION? invites the reader to look at the "historical books" of the Bible, not from the standpoint of what actually happened, but to understand the type of history the biblical authors were actually writing. Organ wrote this book out of frustration with uncritical reading of various genres of biblical texts. She felt that the "historical books"--such as Acts of the Apostles and the Old Testament chapters of Maccabees, and Joshua though Kings--are most susceptible of being read in a naive and literal way. Most readers fail to take into account modern expectations of historical accuracy vs. the preconceptions of the ancient writers. Her book focuses on the style, creativity, and individuality of the biblical writers/historians and the richness of their work and examines their accounts through the lens of modern scholarship.
 

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INTRODUCTION HISTORY AND THE BIBLE
1
DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ONE CONFERENCE Two REPORTS
10
DIFFERENT PURPOSES GALATIANS AND ACTS IN CONTEXT
23
WHAT HORSE? PAULS CONVERSION IN ACTS
36
LIGHT AND BLINDNESS PAULS CONVERSION IN His SPEECHES
52
THE BOOKS OF MACCABEES IN CONTEXT
66
WHAT LED TO THE MACCABEAN REVOLT? Two DIFFERENT VIEWS
79
POLITICS AND PIETY
97
FROM ENTRANCE TO EXILE THE DEUTERONOMISTIC HISTORY
115
FOR THE SAKE OF DAVID MY SERVANT
127
IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS No KING IN ISRAEL THE BOOKS OF JOSHUA AND JUDGES
146
HISTORY IN CONTEXT
163
BIBLIOGRAPHY
171
INDEX
174
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Barbara E. Organ lectures at the University of Sudbury.

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