Chapter

Not Exactly as it Happened

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.003.0002
Not Exactly as it Happened

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This chapter shows that history writing in the Bible was less concerned with what actually happened in the past and was more of a creative activity, different from what modern readers typically assume. This does not mean that the Bible does not describe in places what actually took place in the past, but it does mean that was not the main objective of the ancient Israelite history writers. The first part looks at the nature of ancient history writing as recent biblical scholars have defined it and illustrates the nature of ancient history writing with examples from the book of Genesis. The second part of the chapter discusses how history in the Bible was written by exploring the work of various history writers preserved in the Bible.

Keywords: ancient history; Bible; book of Genesis; history writing; ancient Israel

Chapter.  19173 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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