By Ronald Hendel
In keeping with an previous culture preserved within the Palestinian Targums, the Hebrew Bible is "the ebook of Memories." The sacred previous recalled within the Bible serves as a version and wellspring for the current. The remembered previous, says Ronald Hendel, is the cloth with which biblical Israel developed its id as a humans, a faith, and a tradition. it's a mix of historical past, collective reminiscence, folklore, and literary brilliance, and is usually coloured by means of political and non secular pursuits. In Israel's adolescence, those thoughts circulated orally within the context of kin and tribe. through the years they got here to be crystallized in quite a few written texts. The Hebrew Bible is an unlimited compendium of writings, spanning a thousand-year interval from approximately the 12th to the second one century BCE, and representing maybe a small slice of the writings of that interval. The texts are usually overwritten by way of later texts, making a complicated 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 through them, as they formulate new or altered conceptions of the sacred prior. Remembering Abraham explores the interaction of tradition, historical past, 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 heritage interweave within the self-fashioning of Israel's id, and within the biblical portrayals of the patriarchs, the Exodus, and King Solomon. A concluding bankruptcy explores the wide horizons of the biblical feel of the previous. This accessibly written publication represents the mature considered one among our top students of the Hebrew Bible.
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