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“Even God Cannot Change the Past”: Reflections on Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology
Grabbe, Lester L., editor

London: Bloomsbury, 2018 pp. xiii + 240. $114.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 663

Description: This volume represents the final publication of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology. The volume reflects on the ground-breaking work of this prestigious seminar in the field of biblical history. In part one, long-term members of the seminar (Bob Becking, Ehud Ben Zvi, Philip R. Davies, Ernst Axel Knauf, Niels Peter Lemche, Thomas L Thompson) provide reflections on its work. Part two presents an opportunity for readers to benefit from contributions that have remained heretofore unpublished (by Rainer Albertz, Tobias Funke, Lester L. Grabbe, and Philippe Guillaume). This includes material on the Persian period, questions of orality and writing, and contributions on the Maccabean period. Bringing these papers together in a published form provides a fitting way to round out the work of this significant endeavour in historical methodology.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Judaism

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Review by John W. Herbst
Published 5/21/2020
Citation: John W. Herbst, review of Lester L. Grabbe, ed., “Even God Cannot Change the Past”: Reflections on Seventeen Years of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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