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Inhaltsangabe: This looks at the Biblical book of Genesis. From the intro: "ARE the narratives of Genesis history or legend? For the modern historian this is no longer an open question; nevertheless it is important to get a clear notion of the bases of this modern position. The writing of history is not an innate endowment of the human mind; it arose in the course of human history and at a definite stage of development. Uncivilised races do not write history; they are incapable of reproducing their experiences objectively, and have no interest in leaving to posterity an authentic account of the events of their times. Experiences fade before they are fairly cold, and fact and fancy mingle; only in poetical form, in song and saga, are unlettered tribes able to report historical occurrences. Only at a certain stage of civilisation has objectivity so grown and the interest in transmitting national experiences to posterity so increased that the writing of history becomes possible. Such history has for its subjects great public events, the deeds of popular leaders and kings, and especially wars. Accordingly some sort of political organisation is an antecedent presumption to the writing of history. Only in a later, in the main a much later, time is the art of writing history, learned through the practice of writing national histories, applied to other spheres of human life, whence we have memoirs and the histories of families. But considerable sections of the people have never risen to the appreciation of history proper, and have remained in the stage of the saga, or in what in modern times is analogous to saga. Thus we find among the civilised peoples of antiquity two distinct kinds of historical records side by side: history proper and popular tradition, the latter treating in naive poetical fashion partly the same subjects as the former, and partly the events of older, prehistoric times. And it is not to be forgotten that historical memories may be preserved even in such traditions, although clothed in poetic garb."
The Legends of Genesis looks between the lines and throughout history in a very good attempt to explain the first book of the Bible.
Table of Contents:
Publisher’s Preface; The Significance And Scope Of The Legends.; The Varieties Of Legends In Genesis.; The Literary Form Of The Legends.; History Of The Development Of The Legends Of Genesis In Oral Tradition.; Jahvist, Elohist, Jehovist, The Later Collections.; Priestly Codex And Final Redaction.; Endnotes
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Buchbeschreibung Wipf and Stock 5/9/2003, 2003. Paperback. New book. Previously published by The Open Court Publishing Company, 1901. 178 pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers W9781592442362
Buchbeschreibung Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. 188 pages. 6.98x5.06x0.45 inches. In Stock. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk1592442366
Buchbeschreibung Wipf & Stock Pub, 2003. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1592442366