In Search of History
Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History
By (author) John Van Seters
Publication date:30 June 1997
Length of book:416 pages
The primary concern of the book is to understand the origins and nature of history-writing in ancient Israel. The investigation is undertaken against the background of history-writing in the Near Eastern and classical worlds. Professor Van Seters begins with a broad survey of all the historiographic material relevant for the study of Israel’s own writing of history. He then turns his attention to the question of Israel’s historiography by focusing particularly on the Deuteronomistic Historian, the first Israelite historian.