A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Wiley Blackwell by Lloyd Kramer, Sarah Maza

By Lloyd Kramer, Sarah Maza

This extensive survey introduces readers to the foremost subject matters, figures, traditions, and theories in Western historic suggestion, tracing its evolution from biblical instances to the current. the quantity includes 24 chapters by way of best historians who speak about conceptions of and methods to the human prior within the historic, medieval, early glossy and glossy West, stressing the long term styles and traditions in historic considering that live to tell the tale to this present day. Chapters variety from overviews of eras within the historical past of ancient idea, to discussions of latest equipment that historians have drawn from different disciplines and of recent old topics, equivalent to gender, sexuality, selfhood, and ordinary environments. the amount concludes with essays on modern demanding situations to vintage, Western definitions of background that experience emerged in worldwide historical past, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, and new applied sciences. for college kids, this better half presents the historical past they want with the intention to comprehend modern historic debates and ways, whereas for researchers and academics it's going to function an invaluable reference work.

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G. M. Williamson, JSOTSup. 50, Sheffield: JSOT Press (translated from Überlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien, pp. 110–80). Rad, G. von, “The Beginnings of Historical Writing in Ancient Israel” (1944), in The Problem of the Hexateuch and Other Essays, translated by E. W. T. Dicken (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1966), 166–204. Sparks, K. , Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Israel: Prolegomena to the Study of Ethnic Sentiments and their expression in the Hebrew Bible, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1998.

Only then would they appeal to YAHWEH for help and he would then send them a deliverer who would rescue them. They would remain faithful for that generation only to fall back into their evil ways with the death of the deliverer. The highly diverse and independent stories are made to fit this scheme by assigning a generation of 40 years to each “judge” as the heroes are called, and the story about their act of deliverance is construed as the divine response to the people’s repentance and cry for help.

5 So G. von Rad, in “The Beginnings of Historical Writing in Ancient Israel” (1944), in The Problem of the Hexateuch and Other Essays, translated by E. W. T. Dicken (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1966), pp. 166–204. 6 For details of the debate see J. Van Seters, In Search of History: Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983), pp. 277–91. 7 For an extensive discussion of the Yahwist as historian see my books, Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1992), and The Life of Moses: The Yahwist as Historian in Exodus-Numbers (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1994).

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