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Remembering Abraham : culture, memory, and history in the hebrew bible

According to an old tradition preserved in the Palestinian Targums, the Hebrew Bible is the Book of Memories. The sacred past recalled in the Bible serves as a model and wellspring for the present. The remembered past, says Ronald Hendel, is the material with which biblical Israelconstructed its identity as a people, a religion, and a culture. It is a mixture of history, collective memory, folklore, and literary brilliance, and is often colored by political and religious interests. In Israel's formative years, these memories circulated orally in the context of family and tribe. Over time they c
eBook, English, 2005
Oxford University Press, New York, 2005
1 online resource (213 pages)
9780195177961, 9780198039594, 9781423756507, 0195177967, 019803959X, 1423756509
1. Israel Among the Nations: Biblical Culture in the Ancient Near East; 2. Remembering Abraham; 3. Historical Memories in the Patriarchal Narratives; 4. The Exodus in Biblical Memory; 5. The Archaeology of Memory: Solomon, History, and Biblical Representation; 6. The Biblical Sense of the Past; Appendix: Linguistic Notes on the Age of Biblical Literature; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Biblical Citations; General Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; W; Y; Z