David's Jerusalem: Between Memory and History (Routledge Studies in Religion)

By Daniel Pioske

The heritage of David's Jerusalem continues to be some of the most contentious issues of the traditional global. This examine engages with the fierce debates concerning the nature of the site through reading contemporary archaeological facts from the location and via exploring the connection of those fabric continues to be to claims made approximately David's royal heart within the Hebrew Bible. After a attention of assorted theoretical questions that encompass the research of an historical earlier represented in written texts from antiquity, Pioske's paintings explores how David's Jerusalem used to be remembered inside of writings composed within the past due Iron Age (the Books of Samuel-Kings) and overdue Persian/early Hellenistic (the ebook of Chronicles). With those literary pictures in brain, this quantity then transitions right into a exact reconstruction of the panorama and lifeways of early tenth century BCE Jerusalem, or the positioning attached to David within the biblical narrative. via this juxtaposition of the stories of Jerusalem preserved within the biblical writings and a reconstruction of the positioning derived from modern old examine, Pioske calls awareness to the tough dating among a remembered prior and a ancient one, and invitations the reader to contemplate David's Jerusalem as a position that inhabits the nation-states of either background and reminiscence.

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Baruch Halpern, the 1st Historians (1988), 266–78; Thomas Thompson, “Text, Context and Referent in Israelite Historiography,” within the textile of heritage: textual content, Artifact, and Israel’s earlier (1991), 65–92; Berkhofer, past the good tale, 58–75. ninety seven. at the challenge of style in premodern narratives, see Bert Roest and Hermann Vanstiphout, eds. , features of style and kind in Pre-Modern Literary tradition (1999); and, for the biblical narrative, Marc Brettler, “Method in program of Biblical resource fabric to historic Writing” (2007): 309–313. ninety eight. Peter Machinist, “The Voice of the Historian within the historical close to japanese and Mediterranean global” (2003): 117–137. ninety nine. Reinhard Kratz, The Composition of the Narrative Books of the outdated testomony (2005): 309–321. a hundred. Lemche, Davies, and Thompson, for instance, all carry out the prospect that yes biblical texts may possibly mirror historic contributors or occasions from the earlier, yet little desire is expressed in isolating those old components from what Thompson phrases their “fictive contexts. ” See Thomas Thompson, Early heritage (1992): 365–66; Niels Lemche, The Canaanites and Their Land (1991): 164; Philip Davies, looking for “Ancient Israel” (1992): 35–36. one hundred and one. therefore Lemche writes, “the past due literary context makes those resources an not likely start line for old research as long as we can't with any sure bet come to a decision which culture is outdated and which isn't. ” Lemche, The Canaanites and Their Land, 164. Thompson equally comments that those traditions “must be obvious as mostly beside the point to serious historic reconstruction simply because any questions concerning the resources or bases of the successive author’s assumptions and viewpoint are basically closed to us. ” Thomas Thompson, “Text, Context, and Referent” (1991): 81. 102. Thomas Thompson, “Defining historical past and Ethnicity within the Southern Levant” (1997): 187. 103. See esp. Jacob Burckhardt, strength and Freedom (1943): 95–98. 104. Davies, looking for “Ancient Israel,” 75–112; Niels Lemche, “The outdated Testament—A Hellenistic e-book? ” (1993): 163–93; Thomas Thompson, Mythic earlier (1999): 254. one hundred and five. Niels Lemche, “On the issues of Reconstructing Pre-Hellenistic Israelite (Palestinian) background” (2003): 167. 106. Thompson, Mythic Past, 104. 107. Davies comments, “Artifacts can lie to too, although by no means via their very own fault: texts can and do lie to throughout the intentions in their authors. ” Philip Davies, “Method and insanity: a few comments on Doing heritage with the Bible” (1995): 702. 108. Thompson, Mythic Past, 9. 109. Thompson writes, “Historical reconstructions are in keeping with examine, now not theoretical types . . . historical past is Wissenschaft, now not metaphysics. ” Thompson, Early History, 116. a hundred and ten. Thompson, Historicity, 7. 111. Robert Carroll phrases biblical writings “ ‘ideological literature’ or, if you want, ‘propaganda. ’ ” hence, Carroll unearths the biblical checklist, as propaganda, to be “bad or bogus or infected heritage at top. ” Robert Carroll, “Madonna Between reminiscence and Modernity  fifty seven of the Silences” (1997): one zero one.

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