The Origin of the History of Israel Hardback

Herodotus' "Histories" as the Blueprint for the First Books of the Bible

by Jan-Wim Wesselius;

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The Origin of the History of Israel

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This book aims to demonstrate 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 circa 440 BCE), so that the diversity of its books and sections is largely a literary device. The work is believed to have been 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.

The Origin of the History of Israel by Jan-Wim Wesselius was published by Continuum in May 2002. The ISBN for The Origin of the History of Israel is 9781841272672.

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Details for The Origin of the History of Israel

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (May 2002)
Number of Pages194
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1181011
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