The Historicity of the Old Testament – (outline)

LIBERAL CHALLENGES TO THE HISTORICITY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

OUTLINE:

Lecture 1: A Short History of OT Liberal Criticism.

Introduction

Major Critics of the Old Testament:

Celsus (d. c. 180)
Porphyry (c. 234-c. 305).
Astruc (1684-1766)
Eichhorn (1752-1857)

German Higher Criticism:
Wellhausen (1844-1918)
Troeltsch (1865-1923)
Noth (1902-1968)

Albright (1891-1971)
Mendenhall (present)

The Conservative Response
Conclusion.


Lecture 2: The Rise of the Revisionists.

Introduction
What’s All The Fuss About?
Inspecting The Assertions
Historiography: Art or Science?
The Quest for Scientific Respectability
The Vanishing Individual
The Limits of Historiography
A Stinging Reply

Lecture 3: Facts We Can Verify.

A Selection of Twenty Historical Evidences
Closing Remarks: Cutting Through The Rhetoric.

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