Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives

Edited by A. R Millard, D. J. Wiseman

Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives

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  • ISBN: 9781556356667
  • Pages: 250
  • Publication Date: 5/7/2008
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives

Edited by A. R Millard, D. J. Wiseman

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  • ISBN: 9781556356667
  • Pages: 250
  • Publication Date: 5/7/2008
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

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Today, there is renewed interest in the history and traditions of the patriarchal period. Recent publications have sought, among other things, to show that the biblical patriarchs were a literary, even fictional, creation of the first millennium BC, produced to provide the nation of Israel, which came into prominence only then, with "founding fathers." Much of this new writing is helpful in distinguishing what are traditional or speculative interpretations from the basic texts of Genesis. Sometimes archaeological evidence has been adducted in support of the historicity of the patriarchs and their cultural background in the second millennium BC which can no longer be sustained. Sometimes, however, the value of such evidence is ignored or belittled.
-- from the preface

Contributors-

A. R Millard
D. J. Wiseman

Bio(s)-

A. R. Millard is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool. His area of expertise lies in the Semitic languages, history and culture of the ancient Near East. His recent work Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus (2000) investigates the role of the written word in creating and perpetuating stories about Jesus.

D. J. Wiseman (1918 - 2010) was Professor of Assyriology at the University of London and Fellow of the British Academy. He authored Nebuchadrezzar and Babylon (1991).

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