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The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past by Thomas L Thompson

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The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past by Thomas L Thompson

The theme of The Bible in History is the need to treat the bible as literature rather than as history. Danny Yee cites a passage: "The Bible's language is not an historical language. It is a language of high literature, of story, of sermon and of song. It is a tool of philosophy and moral instruction."[1]

Part 1 deals with general historiographical issues, including the importance of understanding the types and purposes of different biblical stories, the dangers of treating myth and poetry as history, and the use of origin-myths as recurring motifs, concluding that the bible was intended to provide an ancient people with a common past, and thus was very different from our own tradition of critical history-writing. Part 2 is a history of ancient Palestine and the surrounding region from the earliest human settlement to the Hellenistic period drawing on the most recent archaeological and historical studies, and Part 3 concludes with a survey of the theological implications of the preceding study

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Author(s):
Thomas L Thompson
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Used: very good
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Hardback
ISBN-10:
0224039776
Number of pages:
412
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
Title:
The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past by Thomas L Thompson

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The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past by Thomas L Thompson

The theme of The Bible in History is the need to treat the bible as literature rather than as history. Danny Yee cites a passage: "The Bible's language is not an historical language. It is a language of high literature, of story, of sermon and of song. It is a tool of philosophy and moral instruction."[1]

Part 1 deals with general historiographical issues, including the importance of understanding the types and purposes of different biblical stories, the dangers of treating myth and poetry as history, and the use of origin-myths as recurring motifs, concluding that the bible was intended to provide an ancient people with a common past, and thus was very different from our own tradition of critical history-writing. Part 2 is a history of ancient Palestine and the surrounding region from the earliest human settlement to the Hellenistic period drawing on the most recent archaeological and historical studies, and Part 3 concludes with a survey of the theological implications of the preceding study

Author(s):
Thomas L Thompson
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0224039776
Number of pages:
412
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
Title:
The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past by Thomas L Thompson

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