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Remembering AbrahamCulture, Memory, and History in the Hebrew Bible$
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Ronald Hendel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195177967.001.0001

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The Biblical Sense of the Past

The Biblical Sense of the Past

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(p.95) 6 The Biblical Sense of the Past
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Remembering Abraham
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Ronald Hendel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195177967.003.0006

The distinctive features of the biblical sense of history may be illuminated by comparison with classical Greek and ancient Near Eastern concepts. The biblical view includes features of what we call myth, epic, and history. A useful category is “genealogical time,” in which the past provides a foundation, a model, and continuous connection to the present and future.

Keywords:   biblical historiography, ancient Near East, genealogy, myth, epic, history

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