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Remembering Abraham: Culture, Memory, and History in the Hebrew Bible

Ronald Hendel


The past in the Hebrew Bible is a represented past, not the past itself. This book argues that the biblical portrayal of the past consists of a complex interplay of historical memory, folklore, cultural self-definition, and literary brilliance. The chapters of this book attempt to survey and, to the degree possible, untangle these various layers, concentrating on the foundational narratives of the patriarchs, the Exodus, and the united monarchy. The biblical sense of the past combines traits that we separate into different genres — myth, epic, and history — but form a seamless synthesis in the ... More

Keywords: cultural memory, Hebrew Bible, patriarchs, Exodus, monarchy, myth, epic, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195177967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Hendel, author
University of California, Berkeley
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