SV: The daughter of Jeftah died? (David to Liz)
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Tue Jun 4 09:23:18 EDT 2002
> What is the past except a construction created by the present?
> Think of the French historian (les annales) Lucien Fevbre: We don't know
> anything about the past; we always reconstruct it.
If we don't know anything about the past, how is it possible to
reconstruct it? What is this "it" that one reconstructs?
Clearly, anyone dealing with the past, any past, assumes it existed.
(echoes of Ranke?) Uri
> > -----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
> > Fra: Madden, Shawn [SMTP:sMadden at sebts.edu]
> > Sendt: 4. juni 2002 13:58
> > Til: Niels Peter Lemche; Biblical Hebrew
> > Emne: RE: The daughter of Jeftah died? (David to Liz)
> > Can we learn from fiction? Yes.
> > Can we learn from historical fiction? Yes.
> > If it really didn't happen can we call it the past? No.
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