Historiography and Identity (re)formulation in Second Temple Historiographical LiteratureeBook - 2010
It is commonly accepted in various disciplines and contexts that history writing often (if not always!) contribute to the process of identity (re)formation. Using the past in order to find a renewed identity in new (socio-political and socio-religious) circumstances, is something that we also witness in Hebrew Bible historiographies. The so-called Deuteronomistic History, as well as the works of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, are often read from the perspective of a community trying to find a new identity in changed circumstances.
In the Historical Books section at the 2008 Auckland SBL International Meeting, this perspective was investigated further. The papers presented included theoretical reflections on the relationship between historiography and identity (re)formation, as well as illustrations from Hebrew Bible historiographies (of the Exilic and Second Temple periods). These papers, together with a few responses to the papers, are offered here to a wider scholarly audience.
Contributors include Jon Berquist, Mark Brett, Louis Jonker, Mark Leuchter, Christine Mitchell, Klaas Spronk, Gerrie Snyman, Ray Person, Armin Siedlecki, and Jacob Wright.
Arising from presentations at the International Meeting 2008 of the Society of Biblical Literature in Auckland, New Zealand, six contributions discuss the following topics: the Deuteronomistic history in the Persian period, the Book Of Judges as a late construct, national identity as commentary and as metacommentary, Ezra's many identities in Ezra-Nehemiah, David's officials according to the Chronicler, and historiography in Chronicles. Four scholars were asked to respond to the contributions, and their responses comprise the second section. This is a volume in the publisher's series titled "The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies," formerly the "Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series." Editor Louis Jonker is affiliated with the department of Old and New Testament, U. of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)