For scholars interested in the study of historians and historiography in the Ancient World
A discussion of the different lists of Canaanite nations.
This article discusses the reason behind Jeroboam, king of Israel, instituting a holiday in the eighth month of calendar. We suggest an approach that looks at this holiday as misplaced from the seventh month by means of an additional unauthorized leap-month.
This essay uses Arnaldo Momigliano’s genealogy of antiquarianism and historiography to propose a new method for engaging the past. The Italian historian Arnaldo Momigliano (1908-1987) traced antiquarianism from its advent in ancient Greece and later growth in Rome to its early modern efflorescence, its usurpation by history, and its transformation…[Read more]
Theoretical discussion of law and narrative and their interaction in biblical historiography.
This article discusses various rabbinic approaches to the story of Elisha and Gehazi (recorded in the Book of Kings), in which the former sends the latter with his staff to resurrect the Shunammite woman’s dead child. Gehazi proves unsuccessful in that endeavor and Elisha himself ultimates revives the dead child.
This paper discusses an apparent contradiction in the Bible regarding east of the Jordan River, that lies between the rivers Arnon and Jabbok. In Numbers 21 it seems that this land belonged to the Moabites, while in Judges 11 (during an exchange between the Jewish judge Jephtah and the Ammonite king) it seems that this land belonged to the…[Read more]
This article traces the notion in rabbinic writings that Ezra–a leader of the Jewish people in the early Second Temple period–also functioned as a High Priest (Kohen Gadol).
Review of Edward J. Watts, Hypatia. The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher