Historical Criticism
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HISTORIOGRAPHY. Because a main component of biblical writings is narrative about past persons and events, “historiography” (the recounting of the past) is a major element in biblical literature. This entry consists of three articles that attempt to put biblical historiography in context. The first explores
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
Historiography, Old Testament
HISTORIOGRAPHY, OLD TESTAMENTHistoriography and history writing are terms often applied to a number of OT books. The most complete list includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther. The present article
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
Historical Criticism
HISTORICAL CRITICISMThe Pentateuch and historical criticism have long been issues crucial to the interpretation of the OT as a whole. Since the Pentateuch not only comes at the beginning of both the Jewish and Christian canons but also introduces the major themes and topics of the OT, its origin, integrity
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY, NT. There are few more troubled areas of critical biblical studies than the issue of history. The term itself, history, is ambiguous, referring to “the past,” “study of the past,” and “representation of the past.” Transitions in the philosophy of history promote different
HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY, OT. More than half of the OT is historiography, broadly defined. These portions of the OT display features expected in history writing, such as characterization, cause-and-effect continuum, plot resolution, etc. They also raise challenges for contemporary readers about the
HISTORICAL CRITICISM. An approach to the study of biblical literature that foregrounds questions concerning the “historicity” of the biblical text, and strives to place the biblical literature within the historical context(s) of its production. The method emerged in 19th cent. Germany, primarily in reaction