Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Creation of History i... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by thebookgrove
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Has writing. Satisfaction guaranteed. All inquiries answered promptly and courteously.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Creation of History in Ancient Israel Paperback – June 25, 1998

5 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$63.95
$54.58 $27.78

"Meet Me in Atlantis" by Mark Adams
A classic quest to find the sunken city, from the bestselling author of "Turn Right at Machu Picchu". Learn more | Kindle book
$63.95 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Creation of History in Ancient Israel
  • +
  • How to Read the Jewish Bible
Total price: $83.90
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Readers cannot help but be impressed by Brettler's clear and flowing writing, by the concise way he covers so many difficult issues of biblical scholarship, and by the abundance of critical notes that reflect wide knowledge and deep observation."
-"Review of Biblical Literature
"Highly recommended to seminary and graduate students, scholars, faculty, and interested general readers."
-Choice, November 1996
"A diligent description of biblical history-makers at work."
-"Journal of Semitic Studies

About the Author

Marc Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Literature and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. His main areas of research are religious metaphors and the Bible, biblical historical texts, and women and the Bible. He is the author of several
books and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415194075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415194075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Robert R. Cargill on October 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book examines the process of the creation of history in the Hebrew Bible. Brettler sets out to "show what various biblical authors were `trying to do' when they wrote" their respective works.
The author begins with a strong survey of the history of historical criticism, followed by a presentation of what he believes to be the "four central factors responsible for the production of ancient Israelite biblical texts:" the use of typologies, the interpretation of earlier texts, literary shaping, and ideological influence. During an introductory discussion of `history,' `ideology,' and `literature,' Brettler suggests that what has classically been understood as `history' should actually be called `historiography' or `history writing,' while history should be understood simply as, "a narrative that presents a past." Along the same lines, `ideology' is best considered "a specific set of beliefs," which Brettler differentiates from `propaganda,' which is the method used to disseminate those beliefs. Finally, the author discards the word `literature' as an accurate description of the biblical text, arguing that "literary works are determined by the community, not by their authors." Therefore since the author did not consider his work to be literature, but rather a history, we too should refrain from calling the narrative `literature.' Brettler does concede that there are various rhetorical or literary devices and genres employed within the biblical text, but since the author employed these devices with the intention of writing a narrative history, we too should refrain from referring to the results of his literary endeavors as `literature.' This is a fine hair to split and will certainly be criticized by future respondents.
Read more ›
Comment 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Creation of History in Ancient Israel
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: The Creation of History in Ancient Israel