Ancient Palestine: A Historical Introduction

Ancient Palestine: A Historical Introduction

Ancient Palestine: A Historical Introduction

Ancient Palestine: A Historical Introduction

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"One of the premier historians of ancient Israel provides an overview of the issues involved in reconstructing the history of ancient Palestine. He demonstrates how one must integrate the study of geography, climate, archaeological discoveries, demography, oral traditions, and written documents - both biblical and nonbiblical - in order to provide the fullest picture of ancient Israelites' experience." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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History and Historiography

Thus I write, as the truth seems to be to me.

-Hecataeus of Miletus

This quotation from Hecataeus describes in a nutshell what history-writing looked like in the ancient world. The writer relied upon what was seen, heard, and understood-a “method” also used by Herodotus. However, the modern idea of history did not exist in ancient times, which presents the problem of finding the “history” of those times. That task will be more involved for us than for the ancients because of the accumulated source material that is available to the modern historian.

Four points have to be made here. We have to discover, if possible, not only (1) what happened, but also (2) how the events were understood by the ancient . . .

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