SV: The daughter of Jeftah died? (David to Liz)

Niels Peter Lemche npl at
Tue Jun 4 07:51:39 EDT 2002

Well, the question is: what did the ancient writers do? Did they find the
truth in a real past or in a past narrated? Modern sentiments may be
different, and partly very naive about historicity. Shakespeare wrote about
a certain prince of Denmark: Is this true? It is related to a Danish saga
about Amled. Was he a historical person? Does it detract from the validity
of the Hamlet as a literary figure if Amled was not a historical person? As
somebody wrote in a review of a book about Icelandic sagas: Is this true--or
just something that happened?


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> Fra:	Madden, Shawn [SMTP:sMadden at]
> Sendt:	4. juni 2002 13:44
> Til:	Biblical Hebrew
> Emne:	RE: The daughter of Jeftah died?  (David to Liz)
> "Oh yes, in literature."
> You seem to be equating fiction literature with events.
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