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By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

ISBN-10: 0567557049

ISBN-13: 9780567557049

Works on previous testomony historiography, the 'Conquest', and the origins of historic Israel have burgeoned in fresh days. yet whereas others were issuing new reconstructions this novel paintings provides an in depth interpreting of the biblical textual content. the point of interest is at the literary suggestions that historical writers hired in narrating tales of conquest, and the purpose is to pinpoint their communicative intentions of their personal contexts. This interpreting is superior through engagement with the real self-discipline of the philosophy of historical past. historic Conquest bills, replete with huge quotations from Assyrian, Hittite and Egyptian conquest debts, is a realized and methodologically delicate learn of a variety of historical close to jap texts in addition to of Joshua 9-12.

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100 Second, ideology can be defined in a restrictive sense. In other words, it is only those aspects which are distorted or unduly selective. '101 Thus ideology consists only of those parts or aspects of a system of social ideas which are distorted or unduly selective from a scientific viewpoint. This definition does not restrict ideology to the conservative type. 48 Ancient Conquest Accounts Third, ideology can be defined in a 'neutral sense*. 102 He argues that it is hardly scientific to define ideology as distortion and selectivity because distortion and selectivity are secondary and an empirical question in each case.

C. ['Ideal 1. Preliminary Issues 41 Chronicle']. The whole truth concerning an event can only be known after, and sometimes only long after the event itself has taken place, and this part of the story historians alone can tell. 71 Hence, without referring to the future, without going beyond what can be said of what happens, as it happens, the way it happens, the historian could not write in 1618, argues Danto, 'the Thirty Years War begins now'. To this the Ideal Witness' is blind. So even if we could witness certain events, we could not verify them under these descriptions.

116 Moreover, not all ideological expression is figurative. The bulk of it consists of quite literal, flat-footed assertions, which, a 1. Preliminary Issues 51 certain tendency toward prima facie implausibility aside, are difficult to distinguish from properly scientific statements: 'The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles'; 'the whole of the morality of Europe is based upon the values which are useful to the herd'; and so forth. 117 Thus there exists in ideological language a subtle interplay of which concepts like 'distortion', 'selectivity', or 'oversimplification' are simply incompetent to formulate.

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