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History and Ideology in the Old Testament: Biblical Studies at the End of a Millennium

James Barr


Is the Bible historically true? Or are its narratives the expression of the ideologies of partisan groups far removed in time from the events depicted? The questions are not new, but are now being posed in a different terminology and outlook, often characterized as postmodernism. The book goes back to redefine the term ‘biblical criticism’ and concentrates on some examples from the history of Israel. An attempt is made to clarify the possible meanings of ‘ideology’ and some relations between postmodernism and theology are examined. Tradition and continuity are to be prized in contrast to the f ... More

Keywords: apologetics, Biblical criticism, deconstruction, fundamentalism, historical criticism, history of Israel, ideology, postmodernism, revisionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198269870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Barr, author
Vanderbilt University