DepositHistory and the Hebrew Bible: Culture, Narrative, and Memory

This essay offers an introduction to select disciplinary developments in the study of history and in historical study of the Hebrew Bible. It focuses first and foremost on “cultural history,” a broad category defined by nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in anthropology and sociology, literary theory and linguistics, and other fields of study. The first part of the essay comments on developments since the so-called “linguistic turn,” highlighting some key works on culture, narrative, and memory, in order to establish a contemporary historical approach to biblical studies. It then turns to questions of the Hebrew Bible’s usefulness for historical study, and highlights studies of King David and the Davidic polity in ancient Israel/Judah, to show how scholars of the Bible have done historical work in recent years. And finally, it provides a case study of the book of Joshua, demonstrating how historians can utilize biblical texts as sources for cultural history.

MemberZachary Margulies

… Lament in 2 Samuel 1 and the Women’s Laments of the Iliad.” Emerging Voices in Samuel Studies Symposium. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. April 25-27, 2019.

“The Mighty Fallen: Lament over the Fallen Warrior in Homer and the Hebrew Bible.” Broadening Horizons 6. Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany. June 24-28, 2019….
…PhD New York University; expected May 2020
Hebrew and Judaic Studies: Hebrew Bible
MPhil New York University; 2018
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
MA University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); 2013
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
BA Brandeis University; 2010
Classics; Near Eastern and Judaic Studies…

I am a doctoral candidate at New York University, studying the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East under the advisement of Mark S. Smith. My dissertation is a study of the poetic laments over fallen warriors in the Homeric Epic tradition and the Hebrew Bible. Dissertation “David, Achilles, and the Women’s Laments: Lamentation over the Fallen Warrior in the Hebrew Bible and Homer” Interests Hebrew Bible, Biblical Poetry, Early/Archaic Greek Poetry, Oral Poetics, Eastern Mediterranean Cross-cultural Interaction, Levantine Archaeology

MemberNathan Hays

…PhD (ABD), Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2019 (anticipated)
     Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
     Dissertation Topic: The Interlocutors in the Book of Malachi
     Supervisor: Professor James Nogalski
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, 2013 (summa cum laude)
B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2010 (summa cum laude)                                                

I am a doctoral candidate in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Baylor University studying the interlocutors in the book of Malachi.