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

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Tue Jun 4 10:01:32 EDT 2002



I always thought it was the future we didn't know anything about.
We are all rowing on a rowboat, looking only at where we've been.
We can take a fleeting look from side to side at the present,
the future we can't see at all.
It is only the past we can know, and that too fades away into the
distance.

Liz
waxing poetical, sorry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: uri hurwitz [mailto:uhurwitz at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Tue, June 04, 2002 9:23 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: SV: The daughter of Jeftah died? (David to Liz)
>
>
> > 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.
> >
> > NPL
> >
>   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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