Psalm 78:3

Hebrew Bible

1 A well-written song by Asaph. Pay attention, my people, to my instruction. Listen to the words I speak. 2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom; I will make insightful observations about the past. 3 What we have heard and learned—that which our ancestors have told us— 4 we will not hide from their descendants. We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, about his strength and the amazing things he has done. 5 He established a rule in Jacob; he set up a law in Israel. He commanded our ancestors to make his deeds known to their descendants,

Joel 1:3

Hebrew Bible

1 This is the Lord’s message that came to Joel the son of Pethuel: 2 Listen to this, you elders; pay attention, all inhabitants of the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your whole life or in the lifetime of your ancestors? 3 Tell your children about it; have your children tell their children, and their children the following generation. 4 What the gazam-locust left the ‘arbeh-locust consumed; what the ‘arbeh-locust left the yeleq-locust consumed, and what the yeleq-locust left the hasil-locust consumed. 5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you wine drinkers, because the sweet wine has been taken away from you.

 Notes and References

"... History was also told in royal settings. The Bible mentions two officials, a royal mazkir (often rendered “recorder”) and a royal sofer (“scribe”) who may have had official court roles in composing and telling history. Their exact role continues to be debated (Fox 2000: 96–121). 1 Kings 10, where the Queen of Sheba hears about Solomon’s adventures, likely reflects the idea that Israelite kings could receive information about faraway kings (see similarly 2 Kings 2:5). Many texts suggest that stories were also told in family settings. Exodus 10:2, from the plague narrative, notes explicitly: “and so you may tell in the hearing of your children and of your children’s children how I made a mockery of Egypt and of My signs that I displayed among them – in order that you may know that I am the LORD.” Psalm 78:3 speaks of historical stories that “our parents told us” (see also 44:2). Tales of natural disasters would also be passed down in a family from generation to generation (Joel 1:3, of a locust plague) ..."

Brettler, Marc Zvi "Historical Texts in the Hebrew Bible?" in Raaflaub, Kurt A. (ed.) in Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World (pp. 213-233) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014

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