Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

On Finding Myth and History in the Bible

Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors - Lukasz Niesiolowski-Spano

Emanuel Pfoh [+-]
National University of La Plata
Emanuel Pfoh, Ph.D., teaches in the Department of History of the National University of La Plata and is a researcher at the National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina. His publications include The Emergence of Israel in Ancient Palestine: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives (Equinox, 2009), Anthropology and the Bible: Critical Perspectives (edited for Gorgias Press, 2010), and The Politics of Israel’s Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building (co-edited with Keith W. Whitelam for Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013). His research interests are the historical and political anthropology of Syria–Palestine in the Late Bronze Age, the history of Israel and Palestine in the first millennium BCE and the politics of biblical scholarship.

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How do we interpret biblical stories, or better the intellectual world assumed by biblical stories? How to understand biblical sources from a critical epistemological and methodological outlook? How to proceed in order to produce a sound historiography of the world of biblical literature and the past of ancient Palestine? My interest in the present contribution is not to sift history from ideology but rather to investigate whether history can be found behind (or inside) mythical evocations in the Bible or not. Reading the Bible primarily as history is highly problematic since it excludes not only the possibility of grasping the mythic character of ancient Near Eastern stories, but also creates virtual pasts, rationalistic paraphrases of ancient worldviews expressed in those stories. This paper, therefore, attempts to establish an epistemological awareness and as such it proposes only critical observations for doing history and interpreting ancient texts.

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Pfoh, Emanuel. On Finding Myth and History in the Bible. Finding Myth and History in the Bible - Scholarship, Scholars and Errors. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 196-208 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781791271. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23759. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23759. Mar 2016

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