Art of Biblical History

ISBN-10: 0310431808

ISBN-13: 9780310431800

Edition: 1994

Authors: V. Philips Long

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This fifth volume in the Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation series is an exploration of both the historical nature of the Bible and the character of biblical history writing. In view of recent trends in biblical studies, the age-old question of the relationship between history and faith must again take center stage in hermeneutical discussion. The Art of Biblical History seeks to address basic questions that all Bible readers might ask: Is the Bible a history book? What do we mean by "history" anyway? In what sense is biblical historicity important for faith? Are there guidelines for discovering what historical truth claims a particular passage may be making? The discussions take account of both current thinking among biblical scholars and the best insights of secular historians. The result is an attempt to describe biblical history writing as a kind of representational art and to commend a hermeneutical approach that does justice not merely to the historical or literary or theological character of the Bible, but to all three at once.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/11/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

V. Philips Long is Professor of Old Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
History and the Genre(s) of the Bible: Is the Bible a History Book?
The Bible's Macro-Genre and the Issue of Truth
The Bible as a Foreign Book
Genre Criticism and Biblical Interpretation
Genre Criticism and the Rise of Biblical Poetics
An Example: Judges 4 and 5
History and Fiction: What Is History?
History-Writing as Representational Art
History-Writing as a Creative Enterprise
Characteristics of Successful Representation
The Adequacy and Authority of Representation
An Example: Samuel-Kings and Chronicles
History and Truth: Is Historicity Important?
"What Is Truth?"
The Importance of History for Christian Faith
The (Post-) Enlightenment Challenge to the Importance of History for Faith
D. F. Strauss and the Demolition of Biblical History
An Example: "If Jericho Was Not Razed, Is Our Faith in Vain?"
History and Modern Scholarship: Why Do Scholars Disagree?
Anti-Theological Tendencies in Some Historical-Critical Approaches
Anti-Literary Tendencies in Some Social-Scientific Approaches
Anti-Historical Tendencies in Some Literary Approaches
An Example: The Emergence of Israel in Canaan Debate
History and Hermeneutics: How Then Should We Read the Bible "Historically"?
Preparation: Contemplating Models
Procedure: Coordinating Methods
Presentation: Constructing Arguments
An Extended Example: The Rise of Saul
Purported Obstacles to a Coherent Literary Reading of Saul's Rise
Saul's First Charge as a Two-Stage Affair
"Gapping" as Literary Device and the Gap Between 1 Samuel 10 and 13
Making Sense of Saul's Rise
Good Story, But Is It History?
For Further Reading
Index of Authors/Titles
Index of Biblical Passages
Index of Subjects
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