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The Origin of the History of Israel

Herodotus' "Histories" as the Blueprint for the First Books of the Bible

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The Origin of the History of Israel by Jan-Wim Wesselius
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This book aims to demonstrate that "Primary History", the historical work contained in the first nine books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis-2 Kings), was written as one unitary work, in deliberate emulation of the Greek-language Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus (completed circa 440 BCE), so that the diversity of its books and sections is largely a literary device. The work is believed to have been written in the period 440-420 BCE, in the period of reform usually associated with the name of Nehemiah. Though this thesis does not directly affect questions of historicity, understanding the literary nature of "Primary History" promises to open new vistas for research into the history of Israel, the Hebrew Bible in general and the history of the Hebrew language.

Author Biography

Dr Jan-Wim Wesselius is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Semitic Studies in the Theological University of Kampen, Netherlands.
Release date NZ
May 16th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1, black & white illustrations
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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