The Origin of the History of Israel: Herodotus' Histories as Blueprint for the First Books of the Bible
A&C Black, 18 jun. 2002 - 175 pagina's
This book demonstrates 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 c. 440 BCE); the diversity of its books and sections is largely a literary device. The work was most likely 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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Abraham Absalom agreement Ahithophel Amalek Amalekite ancient appears army Astyages author of Primary Babylonian biblical books of Samuel brothers campaign Canaan century BCE chapters conﬂict connection contradictions contrast course Croesus Cyaxares Cyrus death described difﬁcult discussed divine dossier dream Egypt Egyptians episode especially example Exod Exodus father ﬁfth ﬁght ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁt ﬂee genealogy Genesis God’s Goliath Greece Greek Harpagus Hebrew Bible Hellespont Herodotus Herodotus’s History of Israel identiﬁed inﬂuence Israelites Jacob Jerusalem Jewish Joab Joseph Judah key ﬁgure killed King David King Saul king’s land literary literature Lord Lydia mentioned Moses motives namely narrative narrator noted observations origin parallel passage patriarchs Persian person Pharaoh Philistines Primary History problem Pythios reader reason redactor retum Samuel 14 Saul’s seems Septuagint signiﬁcance Solomon story structure Succession History Tamar Terah themes versions woman words Xerxes YHWH Ziba