History is told by the victors…

In recent years we have become accustomed to the idea that history is told by the victors and reflects the interests of the rich and powerful. Thus at school we learn about kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents. Recent scholars have shown that this traditional idea of history has neglected the concerns of ordinary people, while some feminist historians consider that women’s lives have been so far excluded that a new discipline of “her-story” (rather than “his- story”) is needed. Continue reading

Theology and history are not opposites…

Theology and history are not opposites. A historian can hold strong views about the significance of certain events and still write reliable history. In fact, partisan proponents of a given point of view are sometimes even more accurate than detached observers; consider, for example, the first impassioned accounts from Jewish sources of the Nazi holocaust which turned out to be more accurate than the reports of ‘objective’ news media.

Craig Blomberg, from The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, p. 41