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‘History’ is a Modern Concept

Posted by NT Wrong on April 23, 2008

We must also here be guided by our knowledge of other ancient Near Eastern literature, and a little common sense, which require among other things that we recognize “historicity” as a modem concept and acknowledge that it is not culturally relevant in ancient Near Eastern societies–largely because informed access to the past was not possible and had no useful function.”

– Philip R. Davies, The Origins of Biblical Israel, Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies, 485 (New York and London: T & T Clark, 2007), 26.


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