K. Lawson Younger Jr.'s Ancient Conquest Accounts: A Study in Ancient Near Eastern PDF

By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

ISBN-10: 0567557049

ISBN-13: 9780567557049

Works on outdated testomony historiography, the 'Conquest', and the origins of historic Israel have burgeoned in contemporary days. yet whereas others were issuing new reconstructions this novel paintings provides an in depth analyzing of the biblical textual content. the point of interest is at the literary suggestions that historical writers hired in narrating tales of conquest, and the purpose is to pinpoint their communicative intentions of their personal contexts. This analyzing is greater 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 debts, is a realized and methodologically delicate learn of quite a lot of historic close to japanese texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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This nature manifests itself in three ways:90 1) the structural and ideological codes underlying the text's production, 2) the themes or motifs that the text utilizes,91 and 3) the usage of rhetorical figures in the accounts. The second and third can very often be understood in terms of the old-time standard type of ANE and OT parallels. The first is a different concept for biblical studies: that the biblical narratives are the structures which communicate the historical image. Both of these are utilized as ideological communicators.

46 Thus an outcome can be viewed by different spectators to mean different things, and neither is necessarily right or wrong. This is what is often called 'objectivity relative to a point of view'. Thus, Millard correctly remarks: Undoubted bias need not provoke the modern reader to a totally adverse attitude to a document, nor give rise to allegations that the accounts are untrue or imaginary. Recognition of the unconcealed standpoints of many ancient documents has resulted in fuller understanding of their contents, without any recourse to a devaluation or discrediting of them.

In figurative language there is, of course, a stratification of meaning, in which an incongruity of sense on one level produces an influx of significance on another. The feature of metaphor that has most troubled philosophers (and, for that matter, scientists) is that it is 'wrong*: It asserts of one thing that it is something else. 115 The power of a metaphor derives precisely from the interplay between the discordant meanings it symbolically coerces into a unitary conceptual framework and from the degree to which that coercion is successful in overcoming the psychic resistance such semantic tension inevitably generates in anyone in a position to perceive it.

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