History and Ideology in the Old Testament: Biblical Studies at the End of a Millennium

Paperback | September 7, 2005

byJames Barr

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The end of the millennium sees biblical study in a state of transition. The traditional position of historical approaches is widely questioned and `historical criticism' is regarded as passe. There is a search for approaches - literary or sociological - that are less tied to history. On theother hand there is a more radical approach to the history of Israel, that sees true history as distinct from the biblical narrative and dependent on sources other than the Bible. Biblical narratives thus express not the actual events but the ideological and religious aspirations of writers in muchlater times. `Ideology' has become one of the key words, but is used in very divergent ways. All this is linked with the intellectual movement known as post-modernism. Some connections between post-modernism and theology are suggested by Professor Barr in the final chapter. This book is importantbecause it tries to bring together various threads of these different movements and to state a position from which we may advance into the new millennium.

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The end of the millennium sees biblical study in a state of transition. The traditional position of historical approaches is widely questioned and `historical criticism' is regarded as passe. There is a search for approaches - literary or sociological - that are less tied to history. On theother hand there is a more radical approach to...

James Barr is Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew, Oxford University and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.46 inPublished:September 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199280533

ISBN - 13:9780199280537

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Table of Contents

1. The Bible, History, and Apologetics2. The New Profile of Discussion about the Bible3. Biblical Criticism4. History of Israel5. Ideology6. Postmodernism7. Postmodernism and Theology8. Conclusion

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`This is a stimulating and important book that should be studied carefully by everyone interested in the future of theology ... his wit and polemical skills make this an enjoyable book to read.' Bishop Paul Richardson, C of E Newspaper