By Lester L. Grabbe
Within the first of 4 volumes on A historical past of the Jews and Judaism within the moment Temple interval, Lester Grabbe provides a entire heritage of Judah (Aramaic Yehud) through the Persian interval. one of several an important questions he addresses are: What are the assets for this era and the way can we overview them? and the way can we cause them to “speak” to us during the fog of centuries? Grabbe argues that there's a possibility of seeing every thing from a Judaeo-centric perspective, or utilizing the biblical texts and out-of-date secondary fabric to supply the most standpoint in realizing background, while any student writing approximately this era may be acquainted with the classical historians and the close to japanese assets to boot. This research brings jointly and analyzes the unique resources, sifts and evaluates the secondary resources, develops a considerable historic synthesis, and issues to components the place extra examine is required. Yehud: A heritage of the Persian Province of Judah deals the hottest and entire exam of the political and administrative constructions; the society and economic system; the faith, temple and cult; the advancements in notion and literature; and the main political occasions.
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1. Problems Peculiar to Persian Yehud Although the major principles for writing the history of any period are the same (as already argued in the previous section), each historical period or topic has its own particular problems or considerations. The Persian period is a difficult phase of history about which to write, not just for Palestine but across the entire ancient Near East. Some of the problems of writing either a general history of the Persian empire or of individual parts of it are the following: 1.
Whatever we conclude and whatever we say is conditioned by our subjective situation as historical beings, each with our own history. It must be stressed, however, that this criterion applies not just to the distant past but to all the past: this means not just events hundreds or thousands of years ago but events of yesterday, an hour ago, in the past second. I accept that there are historical periods, especially in more recent history, where the data are so abundant that many 'facts' are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
According to my own self-understanding I do not consider myself either a 'maximalist' or a 'minimalist'. I do not feel I take an a priori position on any historical issue but try to evaluate each on its merits and consider the arguments advanced before deciding. Thus, on some issues I would be very sceptical of positions widely taken by contemporary scholars, including my rejection of certain sources as misleading, problematic, or of little value. On other issues, I feel that current scholarship has by and large got it right and would hesitate to criticize views that might not be as well or as rigorously established as one would hope.