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By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Works on previous testomony historiography, the 'Conquest', and the origins of historical Israel have burgeoned in contemporary days. yet whereas others were issuing new reconstructions this novel paintings provides an in depth interpreting of the biblical textual content. the focal point is at the literary thoughts that historical writers hired in narrating tales of conquest, and the purpose is to pinpoint their communicative intentions of their personal contexts. This interpreting is better via engagement with the real self-discipline of the philosophy of historical past. historical Conquest bills, replete with vast quotations from Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian conquest money owed, is a discovered and methodologically delicate research of a variety of old close to jap texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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The reader of a historical text must curb his skepticism in order not to miscon-strue the obvious. This is not an endorsement of a naive approach which has repudiated criticism. Rather, it is a warning that the modern reader must not dismiss something in the text simply because he finds it unbelievable. He must willingly suspend his disbelief in order to 'participate' in the world of the text. The following will exemplify Wise's point. Due to overt skepticism, H. 13* But how many kings, rulers, or generals down through the ages have taken counsel or held a 'staff meeting' before a major battle?

8). 54 Ancient Conquest Accounts Is it really 'self-evident and entirely natural'. Most biblical scholars believe that there was some contact and subsequent influence between the Hebrews and the Greeks, but that it was minimal in the early biblical period. 129 This is highly circular argumentation! But going further, he asks the reader to take a 'leap of faith': The question of the origin of other shared features, such as the paratactic style of early prose and the anecdotal digressions within chronologies, is hard to answer on the basis of the extant material from Phoenicia.

101 Thus ideology consists only of those parts or aspects of a system of social ideas which are distorted or unduly selective from a scientific viewpoint. This definition does not restrict ideology to the conservative type. 48 Ancient Conquest Accounts Third, ideology can be defined in a 'neutral sense*. 102 He argues that it is hardly scientific to define ideology as distortion and selectivity because distortion and selectivity are secondary and an empirical question in each case. 108 In many ways it is the issue of'distortion* that distinguishes these definitions from one another.

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