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In Search of History (1983)

by John Van Seters

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The primary concern of the book is to understand the origins and nature of history-writing in ancient Israel. The investigation is undertaken against the background of history-writing in the Near Eastern and classical worlds. Professor Van Seters begins with a broad survey of all the historiographic material relevant for the study of Israel's own writing of history. He then turns his attention to the question of Israel's historiography by focusing particularly on the Deuteronomistic Historian, the first Israelite historian.… (more)
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A thorough presentation of ancient historiography in the fertile crescent. It has a biblical bent so it's best to be acquainted with the old testament before reading this one, but the chapters on Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Hittite historiography are very readable for laymen also.
  thcson | May 30, 2010 |
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The primary concern of the book is to understand the origins and nature of history-writing in ancient Israel. The investigation is undertaken against the background of history-writing in the Near Eastern and classical worlds. Professor Van Seters begins with a broad survey of all the historiographic material relevant for the study of Israel's own writing of history. He then turns his attention to the question of Israel's historiography by focusing particularly on the Deuteronomistic Historian, the first Israelite historian.

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