Even God Cannot Change the Past: Reflections on Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology

Lester L. Grabbe, Bob Becking, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Ernst Axel Knauf, Niels Peter Lemche, Thomas L. Thompson, Rainer Albertz, Tobias Funke, and Philippe Guillaume

Even God Cannot Change the Past: Reflections on Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology
Even God Cannot Change the Past: Reflections on Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology

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This volume represents the final publication of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology. The volume reflects on the ground-breaking work of this prestigious seminar in the field of biblical history.

In part one, long-term members of the seminar (Bob Becking, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Ernst Axel Knauf, Niels Peter Lemche, Thomas L Thompson) provide reflections on its work. Part two presents an opportunity for readers to benefit from contributions that have remained heretofore unpublished. This includes material on the Persian period, questions of orality and writing, and contributions on the Maccabean period. Bringing these papers together in a published form provides a fitting way to round out the work of this significant endeavour in historical methodology.

  • Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Introduction - Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, UK
  • Part I: Statements on and Evaluations of the Seminar
    • 1. Why Start with the Text? The Fall of Samaria Revisited – Bob Becking, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
    • 2. Clio Today and Ancient Israelite History: Some Thoughts and Observations at the Closing Session of the European Seminar for Historical Methodology – Ehud Ben Zvi, University of Alberta, Canada
    • 3 'Just the Facts, Ma'am!' Reflections on the ESHM – Philip R. Davies, University of Sheffield, UK
    • 4 Twenty Years After: A Personal Retrospective – Ernst Axel Knauf, University of Bern, Switzerland
    • 5 The Future of Israel's History – Niels Peter Lemche, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 6 The Problem of Israel in the History of the South Levant – Thomas L. Thompson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Part II: Tidying Up . . .: Publication of Papers from Sessions Not Published
    • 7. The Exilic Period as an Urgent Case for a Historical Reconstruction Without the Biblical Text – Rainer Albertz, University of Münster, Germany
    • 8. Cultural Memory in Practice: Ezra and Nehemiah – Philip R. Davies, University of Sheffield, UK
    • 9. The Oral, the Written, the Forgotten, the Remembered: Studies in Historiography and their Implication for Ancient Israel – Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, UK
    • 10. The Relation between Samaria and Jerusalem in the Early Maccabean Period Revisited: A Case Study about the Reception of Phinehas – Tobias Funke, University of Leipzig, Germany
    • 11. From Philadelphus to Hyrcanus: A Shorter Path between the Formation and the Canonization of Biblical Historiography – Philippe Guillaume, University of Bern, Switzerland
    • 12. Josue Maccabaeus: Another Reading of 1 Maccabees 5 – Ernst Axel Knauf, University of Münster, Germany
  • Part III: Conclusion
    • 13. Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology: A Personal View of the Results – Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, UK
  • Index


Pages: 224
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 0567680568
ISBN-13: 9780567680563

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