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4-30-2020

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Cultural memory is a recent development within biblical studies. Recent research advocates the observance of the biblical text as a basis for the study of cultural memory, in order to engage its historical value (Stordalen, 2015). The biblical site of Heshbon in TransJordan serves as a case study to examine how cultural memory interacts with the Bible. This project observes the relationship between the various genres, sections, and time periods of the Bible and the different cultural memories with regard to biblical Heshbon in TransJordan. The diverse mentions of Heshbon in the Bible vary from the narrative of the conquest of King Sihon's kingdom in Transjordan, to the poetry concerning the beauty of the land under Israelite occupation, and the laments over the fall of Moab and Ammon involving the site. In a content analysis design, I engage the biblical cultural memory of Heshbon by evaluating the themes in the text, and documenting each evaluated passage into its corresponding category in order to discern the relationship between them. Based on data collected from 38 verses within 19 passages across the three sections of the Hebrew Bible, I conclude that the biblical text reflects different narratives and cultural memory emphases for the site of Heshbon, as well as its identity among the secondary states in the Levant.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

Sihon, Pools, and Disaster: the Memory of Biblical Heshbon

Cultural memory is a recent development within biblical studies. Recent research advocates the observance of the biblical text as a basis for the study of cultural memory, in order to engage its historical value (Stordalen, 2015). The biblical site of Heshbon in TransJordan serves as a case study to examine how cultural memory interacts with the Bible. This project observes the relationship between the various genres, sections, and time periods of the Bible and the different cultural memories with regard to biblical Heshbon in TransJordan. The diverse mentions of Heshbon in the Bible vary from the narrative of the conquest of King Sihon's kingdom in Transjordan, to the poetry concerning the beauty of the land under Israelite occupation, and the laments over the fall of Moab and Ammon involving the site. In a content analysis design, I engage the biblical cultural memory of Heshbon by evaluating the themes in the text, and documenting each evaluated passage into its corresponding category in order to discern the relationship between them. Based on data collected from 38 verses within 19 passages across the three sections of the Hebrew Bible, I conclude that the biblical text reflects different narratives and cultural memory emphases for the site of Heshbon, as well as its identity among the secondary states in the Levant.