The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

3. The Old Testament and History

The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

Philip R. Davies† [+-]
University of Sheffield, (Emeritus)
Philip R. Davies, who died in 2018, was Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. Educated at Oxford and St Andrews, Scotland, he edited, authored or co-authored 37 books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and various aspects of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including In Search of Ancient Israel (1992), Whose Bible Is It Anyway? (1995), Scribes and Schools: The Canonization of the Hebrew Scriptures (1998), The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002) and Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History (2008). He was co-founder of Sheffield Academic Press and former President of the British Society for Old Testament Study and European Association of Biblical Studies.

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Almost always, ‘the Bible as history’ is used to mean ‘what the Bible says really happened’. But before comparing Old Testament histories and modern histories, it is vital to bear in mind that ‘history’ can mean three things: the past, a story about the past, or the study of the past (the latter, ‘History’ with a capital H). The first of these is a popular but misleading usage: history is not ‘the past’ but rather a story about the past. No history can represent all of the past, but only excerpts within the past: periods, nations, areas or institutions. What histories do is focus on a piece of the past, but also make it meaningful by creating a narrative from it. ‘History’ is story.

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Davies, Philip. 3. The Old Testament and History. The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 27-33 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781797440. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35684. Date accessed: 22 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35684. Nov 2018

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