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Herodes - die Grote?

Pieter J.J Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 51, No 4 | a1456 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v51i4.1456 | © 1995 Pieter J.J Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1995 | Published: 11 December 1995

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Pieter J.J Botha, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, South Africa

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Herod - The Great?. The claim to historical understanding is more than simply quoting from ancient sources. Not only must anachronism and ethnocentrism be dealt with in order not to make the ancients mere instruments of modem preferences, but the sources themselves must be carefully interpreted so that we do not become victims of their propaganda. The challenge of historical understanding with sincerity and fairness is illustrated in this study of Herod the Great, king of the Judaeans. Studying history is not to aim at the discovery of final truth, but to participate in the conversation about truth, and therefore the self-reflection and self-discovery implied by historical exploration.


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