Category Archives: Historiography

The End of Historiography and Prophecy?

The End of Historiography? We had an interesting discussion in my course on ancient historiography the other day. We were discussing Arnaldo Momigliano’s article, “Persian Historiography, Greek Historiography, and Jewish Historiography,” in The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography (Berkeley: University … Continue reading

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How Historically Accurate is the Bible?

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel offers a couple responses to the question, “How Historically Accurate is the Bible?” The first response is by an orthodox rabbi who believes “completely in the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible” on the basis of … Continue reading

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Beyond Minimalism & Maximalism: Some Modest Observations on the Historiography Debate (Best of Codex)

[Originally posted 14th December 2005; Note that some of the original links are now unfortunately dead due to some blogs being defunct] Why is it interesting debates spring up right when I am swamped with end of term grading and … Continue reading

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King David: Fact or Fiction?

I saw this a couple days ago, but didn’t have time to post: Richard Ostiling of the Associated Press (via PE.com) has a brief report on Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman’s (somewhat) new book, David and Solomon: In Search of … Continue reading

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Will the Real King David Stand Up!

The most recent volume of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly has an interesting article by David Bosworth entitled, “Evaluating King David: Old Problems and Recent Scholarship” (CBQ 68 [2006] 191-210). Bosworth examines a number of recent academic biographies of the biblical … Continue reading

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Knoppers et al on Kalimi’s An Ancient Israelite Historian: Studies in the Chronicler

The latest edition of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures has an article edited by Gary N. Knoppers with contributions by Ehud Ben Zvi, Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., Gary N. Knoppers, Ralph W. Klein, Mark A. Throntveit with a response by … Continue reading

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Beyond Minimalism & Maximalism: Some Modest Observations on the Historiography Debate

Why is it interesting debates spring up right when I am swamped with end of term grading and other publishing deadlines? Well, in an effort to avoid some marking, I figured I would offer some observations on the recent debate … Continue reading

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Resources for the Study of Histor(iograph)y and the Hebrew Bible, No. 1

This post is the first of an on-going series of posts on resources for the study of ancient histor(iograph)y. Some of the posts will focus on one particular book, while others will survey a general topic relating to the study … Continue reading

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Histor(iograph)y and the Hebrew Bible – The Nature and Function of Histor(iograph)y

This is the second in a series on “Histor(iograph)y and the Hebrew Bible” that I will be doing (at least until I get distracted by a shiny object). My first post, in which I traced some developments in the theoretical … Continue reading

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“History,” “Historiography,” and “Historical” – Some Parameters to the Debate

I’ve been wanting to weigh-in with some of my own thoughts in the debate on historiography and historical method that Joe Cathay, Jim West, Ken Ristau, and Christopher Heard have been having of late, but haven’t had the time. Now … Continue reading

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