Old Testament Studies. Mark Achieved: 85%
F.E. Deist’s intent is to illustrate the rich multi-faceted nature of the study of history (historiography), and he seeks to challenge a naive monolithic concept that history is merely “a series of dates and, next, a series of events” (i.e. one dimensional) (Deist & Le Roux, 1987: 2). Historiography is far from boring urges Deist, a point that this short paper will illustrate via a summation of numerous historical approaches to historiography, their conflicts, and subsequent developments.
Prior to the Middle Ages (+- 5th to 15th centuries AD) one can sketch a simplified outline of historiography’s development through the pre-critical, annalistic, and descriptive stages (Deist & Le Roux, 1987: 33). Pre-critical historiography, says Deist, was not for an author to necessarily pen objective history (history as it happened) but rather to employ categories of legend, saga, and myth (Deist & Le Roux, 1987: 6)…
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