Not Exactly as It Happened

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161496
Published online April 2009 |
Not Exactly as It Happened

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This chapter begins by looking at the nature of ancient history writing as recent biblical scholars have defined it, and then illustrates the nature of ancient history writing with examples from the book of Genesis. How history in the Bible was written is discussed, exploring the work of various history writers preserved in the Bible. It is argued that history writing in the Bible is less concerned with what actually happened in the past and is more of a creative activity than modern readers typically assume. This does not mean that the Bible never describes what actually took place in the past, but that was not the main objective of the ancient Israelite history writers.

Keywords: ancient history writing; Genesis; biblical history; etiology; Exodus; New Testament

Chapter.  19470 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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