By Ronald Hendel
In Israel's early life, those thoughts circulated orally within the context of kin and tribe. over the years they got here to be crystallized in a variety of written texts. The Hebrew Bible is an enormous compendium of writings, spanning a thousand-year interval from approximately the 12th to the second one century BCE, and representing probably a small slice of the writings of that interval. The texts are frequently overwritten through later texts, making a advanced pastiche of textual content, reinterpretation, and statement. the faith and tradition of historical Israel are expressed by means of those texts, and in no small half additionally created by way of them, as they formulate new or altered conceptions of the sacred previous. Remembering Abraham explores the interaction of tradition, heritage, and reminiscence within the Hebrew Bible. Hendel examines the Hebrew Bible's portrayal of Israel and its heritage, and correlates the biblical previous with our personal experience of the previous. He addresses the ways in which tradition, reminiscence, and historical past interweave within the self-fashioning of Israel's identification, and within the biblical portrayals of the patriarchs, the Exodus, and King Solomon. A concluding bankruptcy explores the large horizons of the biblical experience of the past.
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