The Creation of History in Ancient Israel

By Marc Zvi Brettler

The production of heritage in old Israel demonstrates how the historian can begin to piece jointly the heritage of historical Israel utilizing the Hebrew Bible as a resource.

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The omission of two Sam 6:12a left the Chronicler with an issue: what used to be David doing in the course of forty four CHRONICLES AS A version FOR BIBLICAL background the ark’s three-month stick with Obed-Edom that used to be vital adequate to justify his hold up in relocating the ark? via rearranging his Vorlage, the Chronicler locations David’s development of the palace, and particularly his wars opposed to the Philistines, inside of that three-month interval. 151 This creates a really varied impact of David: David used to be too busy with kingdom affairs to organize a spot for the ark, yet (following Deuteronomy 11–12), once he was once at peace together with his buddies, he started to organize for the Temple. 152 So as a consequence, the Chronicler’s rearrangement of fabric relies at the confluence of logical and textual components. The multiplicity of things answerable for those adjustments makes the Chronicler just like the trendy historian, who's stimulated via a number elements in developing heritage. major purposes contributed to the Chronicler’s re-editing: logic and beliefs. either one of those should be subsumed less than “historical probability,” Bickerman’s inspiration that resources might be revised to slot the way in which the Chronicler believed the realm functioned. good judgment steered to him that Solomon defined the phrases of fee in his preliminary contacts with Hiram and that the soldiers indexed on the finish of two Samuel have been truly those that served with David initially of his profession. Ideology pressured him to restructure a few occasions narrated in his resources: the divine reaction to the development of the Temple is restructured to comply to Leviticus nine; the reigns of David and Solomon are restructured in order that kings who have been rewarded significantly are portrayed as actually righteous; the Solomon fabric is restructured in order that YHWH fulfills his gives you instantly; and the genealogies are restructured in order that Judah’s prominence is highlighted. those ideological alterations mirror concerns an important to the post-exilic group: the function of Judah and its king, and the recent prominence of a specific doctrine of retribution. the ultimate, reorganized textual content doesn't regularly betray the truth that it's been considerably edited and reshaped. in certain cases, the place visible styles are used, just like the excellent king appearing a righteous act at the start of his reign, we would have guessed that those are styles imposed by means of the Chronicler on prior occasions or assets. different situations are much less obvious. with out their assets, we'd now not have identified that the descent of YHWH’s glory after Solomon accomplished the Temple is the Chronicler’s production, or that the record of David’s warriors is in a secondary place, or that the various fabric in 2 Chronicles 1 has been restructured, or that 1 Chronicles 13–15 displays a reorganization of its resource. This statement is of primary significance for contemporary historians of old Israel, for it indicates remodeled textual content needn't have specific indicators that it's a revision of an past resource. We as a result can't inform, just by taking a look at a textual content, how got rid of it'd be from the development that it truly is narrating.

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