By J Cheryl Exum

What if Merneptah's scribes have been telling the reality once they claimed "Israel has been laid waste?" What if the exodus and conquest had quite occurred? What if we had no Assyrian account of Sennacherib's 3rd crusade of the palace reliefs depicting his seize of Lachish? What if the Chronicler did use the Deuteronomistic historical past? What if Luke had by no means met Theophilus? What if Paul had travelled east instead of west? this isn't fable of fiction. The sixteen essays during this quantity have interaction in critical scholarly enquiry into substitute old eventualities and their strength outcomes. the result's a trenchant demonstration of the methods historians set approximately operating with the facts with a view to reconstruct the earlier.

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11 :2-3; 12:35-36). Reimarus used the extremely consenrative figure of 10,000 wagons, but that allows only one wagon per 300 persons, which would have been absurdly low. Reimarus then went on to ask about the amount of time required for such a large group to exit the country. Taking the figures of three million people, 900,000 animals, and 10,000 wagons, he calculated how long the traveling column would be. Naturally, that would depend on how wide the column was. He estimated fifty people marching abreast (which he thought was too many), with the space of t1uee steps taken up by each row of people.

Fi,-c English miles]. It follows that it would take the amoullI of time that a roung man would require 10 cover 49 MGennan miles,M if he could hold out for that M long a march. Now a \;gorous )'oung man could nOI cO\'cr a MGerman mile in less lhan Ilh houn; therefore, he would need 73~ hours, or 3 complete da)'S plus 1Jh haun to reach the footsteps or camping place of the front of lhe column. I One might argue that on flat ground, the column could be much wider, say a mile in width. If so, the length of the column would be reduced perhaps twenty-fold for the people, though the animals and wagons would probably be reduced only about tenfold.

The debate has been about hislOI)' and about how OUf historical perspectives have changed our perception of the Bible. It is as if we stop being critical and reson lO the fundamentalism of our childhood thal history might not corrupt OUf faith. We close ourselves within the biblical story and avoid all the necessary exegetical and historical questions which might resolve the debate through changes in our understanding of the narrative's context, function and goal. By trying to defend what is called 'the Bible's view of its past', we have ignored the literary questions that give us access to the text's implicit voice expressing that view.

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