By Sigmund Wagner-Tsukamoto
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In contrast, others have argued as follows: In order to discover the … wisdom of the … scriptures we must divest ourselves from the notion that they were conceived and written entirely as chronologically and historically authentic accounts of actual events. Rather are they to be read as blends of history, metaphor and revelations of occult and mystic lore. (Hodson 1967: 35) Especially for the stories that precede the books of Kings in the Old Testament, it has been argued that the question of historicity needs to be left aside.
I analyse incentive structures as the economic means to resolve the institutional problem: of how to organize nation-building, the governance of a firm or in general, of how to solve the problem of societal contracting. In this way, the present study examines in a strictly situational manner interaction outcomes and the possibility to steer interaction 5. Mutual gains as desired interaction outcome 4. Social interactions regarding capital contributions and distributions 3. Incentive rules for capital contributions and distributions 2.
Also, as far as the composition of the Old Testament is concerned, biblical interpretation in the various books of the Old Testament is an ongoing process, as Kugel (1997: 556–7) noted, with later books of the Old Testament interpreting earlier ones. By focusing on the Old Testament’s earliest books (up to the ones of the Deuteronomic history), I cut short this problem of interpreting interpretations. The deconstruction of Old Testament stories in this book is purely historical–textual in nature, meaning, my deconstruction follows the storyline laid out in the Old Testament.