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Questing or Sense-Making? Some Thoughts on the Nature of Historiography

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The broadening of theoretical reflection to account for all aspects of textual communication has led to a renewed interest in the historical dimension of biblical texts, both with regard to the relationship author—text and text—reader. However, the nature of this renewed interest differs in both these relationships. The former is still hampered by the legacy of positivism, while the latter finds it problematic to deal with history from a postmodern perspective. It is suggested that a reconsideration of the nature or historiography could be of value in this regard. The telling and writing of history is a sense-making process that mediates between past and future and presupposes a unity between experience and interpretation. The implications of this approach are briefly discussed.

Affiliations: 1: University of Stellenbosch


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