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The Biblical Sense of the Past

Ronald Hendel

in Remembering Abraham

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177961
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177967.003.0006
 The Biblical Sense of the Past

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The distinctive features of the biblical sense of history may be illuminated by comparison with classical Greek and ancient Near Eastern concepts. The biblical view includes features of what we call myth, epic, and history. A useful category is “genealogical time,” in which the past provides a foundation, a model, and continuous connection to the present and future.

Keywords: biblical historiography; ancient Near East; genealogy; myth; epic; history

Chapter.  5336 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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