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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 studying of the biblical textual content. the point of interest is at the literary strategies that historic writers hired in narrating tales of conquest, and the purpose is to pinpoint their communicative intentions of their personal contexts. This studying is more advantageous by way of engagement with the real self-discipline of the philosophy of heritage. historic Conquest debts, replete with huge quotations from Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian conquest bills, is a realized and methodologically delicate examine of quite a lot of historic close to jap texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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70 The Ideal Chronicler' would be an individual who had knowledge of everything that happens, as it happens, the way it happens. He would also record accurate, full descriptions of everything as it occurred. This Chronicler's account would hence be an 'Ideal Chronicle', a cumulative record of 'what really happened'. ' The obvious answer would be 'Nothing'. This 'Ideal Chronicle' is complete and the past, as it is often maintained, is 'fixed, fait accompli, and dead' so it cannot change. But Danto answers differently.

64 Moreover, what we have is: a kind of narrative-theology, rather history-writing in the true sense ... 65 Like Barr, it is primarily divine activity in human affairs within the narrative which is the problem for Clements. 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). In the Assyrian texts, divine election plays a major role in the argument of justification and legitimation. Thus, Clements' understanding of history writing is incorrect since many of what he considers unique theological issues in the biblical texts are regularly encountered within the ANE historical texts.

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