OLD TESTAMENT HISTORIOGRAPHY
J. R. PORTER
BEFORE attempting an evaluation of some modern critical approaches to the main historiographical works of the Old Testament, something must briefly be said about the significance of history and history-writing among the Israelites, a topic which has provoked a lively debate in recent years. This question has two aspects. On the one hand, there is the hermeneutical problem, which focuses on the concept of revelation and how far it is true to claim 'that Biblical theology is the confessional recital of the redemptive acts of God in a particular history, because history is the chief medium of revelation'.1 Since this primarily concerns Old Testament theology it will not be further considered here, although to some degree it overlaps with the second aspect of the question.2
For, on the other hand, it has generally been claimed that, in the context of the ancient Near Eastern world, Israel had a unique concept of history and that Hebrew historical____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Tradition and Interpretation. Contributors: G. W. Anderson - Author. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford, England. Publication year: 1979. Page number: 125.