The daughter of Jeftah died?
mc2499 at mclink.it
Tue Jun 4 10:02:36 EDT 2002
>But who is the author of the works of Herodotus, when did he or she
>live, where did he or she live? What was the process by which he or she
>wrote these (hi)stories?
>OK, we have a name and perhaps a few autobiographical details - though
>many of the events recorded date back long before the time of this
So there is no means of treating that data in itself as
historical. It can only be treated as historical when
there is some overlap with other usable material, for
It is the period in which the author is witness that
historical material comes from Herodotus.
>But we have names and biographies in the books of
>Joshua and Samuel though not in Judges.
The question "who" is not so much for a name per se. The
author of 2 Maccabees remains unnamed, but the text gels
with other literary and archaeological material for the
period it deals with. (This doesn't mean that it is taken
on face value though.)
>What makes Herodotus different
>and more historical than any of these?
The text's relationship with historically verifiable events.
>PS We should not easily confuse the author of Judges with the
>post-exilic editor who added a few comments about the fate of the tribe
How can you make a non-arbitrary separation?
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