During the past two or three decades, the value of the Hebrew Bible as a testimony to the history of Israel has come under siege. The date of the text has been pushed later and later, often into the Hellenistic era. In Text and History, Jens Bruun Kofoed addresses the methodological issues that lie behind the use of the biblical text as a source for historical information. He describes how to honestly use the biblical text and shows that a late date does not reduce the text’s value as a source of historical information—both by discussing presuppositions underlying various methodologies and evaluating specific test cases. Taking modern genre research and authorial intent into account opens new vistas for evaluating the reliability of ancient texts and creates a way forward from the current impasse.
Interested in more? Be sure to check out the Eisenbrauns Old Testament Studies Collection (3 vols.).