New PDF release: A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Wiley Blackwell

By Lloyd Kramer, Sarah Maza

ISBN-10: 0631217142

ISBN-13: 9780631217145

This wide survey introduces readers to the key subject matters, figures, traditions, and theories in Western historic idea, tracing its evolution from biblical occasions to the current. the amount includes 24 chapters through top historians who talk about conceptions of and methods to the human earlier within the historical, medieval, early sleek and smooth West, stressing the long term styles and traditions in historic pondering that live to tell the tale to today. Chapters diversity from overviews of eras within the background of old notion, to discussions of latest equipment that historians have drawn from different disciplines and of latest historic topics, akin to gender, sexuality, selfhood, and normal environments. the amount concludes with essays on modern demanding situations to vintage, Western definitions of historical past that experience emerged in worldwide heritage, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, and new applied sciences. for college kids, this spouse offers the heritage they wish as a way to comprehend modern historic debates and ways, whereas for researchers and academics it is going to function an invaluable reference work.

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However, neither in Egypt nor in Mesopotamia nor among the Hittites is there a history of the people that goes beyond the records of the deeds of kings or the chronological succession of their reigns. The virtues or failures of the people within these other nations are never mentioned. The DtrH also articulates a strong and coherent sense of national and corporate identity. The criteria and limits of this identity are the shared history from origin to the end of Israel’s national life, its common customs, laws and institutions and what should be avoided as foreign and intrusive, and its religious foundation in a covenant with the one national deity, YAHWEH.

Gunkel and G. von Rad, that history writing arose in Israel during the time of David and Solomon as a reflection of historical consciousness at the beginning of its statehood. This view can no longer be supported and is largely abandoned. For a discussion of this see Van Seters, In Search of History, pp. 209–48. , The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible, New York: Doubleday, 1992. 34 JOHN VAN SETERS Dentan, R. C. , The Idea of History in the Ancient Near East, New Haven and London, 1955.

His most important source, if not his only source, for the whole period 30 JOHN VAN SETERS of the monarchy is the extant books of Samuel–Kings, which was a single work. Large parts of it are cited verbatim, especially as they have to do with David, Solomon, and the kings of Judah. The Northern Kingdom is ignored unless it directly involves a king of Judah. Yet when Chr treats this material from Samuel–Kings, he refers not to a single source but to a large number of different sources by various names.

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