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This chapter presents a survey of the individual contributions of Society for Old Testament Study in the UK and Ireland (SOTS) Secretary John Jarick and the SOTS Hospitality Secretary Elizabeth Harper, with observations to indicate their content and how they fit within the larger framework of debate about history and historical methodology. The first contribution, by Lester Grabbe, is placed as it is because it was the SOTS presidential paper and also because it treated a general theme relating to methodology of Hebrew Bible scholarship in general. Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap in Nederland en België (OTW) president Bob Becking sets the scene for the specific topic of history and ancient Israel in "David between Ideology and Evidence". He discusses principles of historiography and history writing, and then proceeds to illustrate by using the story of David.

Keywords: ancient Israel; Bob Becking; David; Elizabeth Harper; Hebrew Bible scholarship; ideology; John Jarick; Lester Grabbe; OTW; SOTS



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