Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and - download pdf or read online

By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

ISBN-10: 0801039304

ISBN-13: 9780801039300

The background of Israel is a much-debated subject in outdated testomony reviews. On one part are minimalists who locate little of ancient worth within the Hebrew Bible. at the different facet are those that think the biblical textual content is an exact old checklist. Many severe scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would receive advantages from a cautious exploration of matters in Israelite history.

This noticeable heritage of Israel textbook values the Bible's old contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the most recent scholarship, the publication introduces scholars to the present country of study on concerns appropriate to the learn of historic Israel. The editors and members, all best biblical students and historians, talk about old proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, similar to maps and photographs, visually help the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are included.

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For details on the structure and content of Genesis, see Bill€T. Arnold, Genesis (NCamBC; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 1–12. indd 46 8/21/14 3:54 PM ↜Bill T. Arnold 31 and generally uses historical narrative as the literary medium for communication. ). 13 This unique blending or merging of literary categories—myth and history—in Genesis 1–11 is readily apparent in the way the chapters have been composed. These chapters are no simple history or example of ancient historiography.

23 They argued that there was indeed evidence for history in the Hebrew Bible, and that elements of this history extended much earlier than had been maintained by those in the first category. One of the contributors, the Syro-Palestinian archaeologist William€G. ╯Gösta W. Ahlström, The History of Ancient Palestine from the Palaeolithic Period to Alexander’s Conquest (ed. Diana Vikander Edelman; JSOTSup 146; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993). ; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2010). , In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (JSOTSup 406; London: T&T Clark International, 2004).

Indd 33 8/21/14 3:53 PM 18 ↜Introduction the large quantity of written evidence recently published from the fifth and fourth centuries€BCE, see chapter€13 below, authored by André Lemaire. His mastery of relevant epigraphy is well known, and his publications of many primary sources from this period (and other periods) are too numerous to chronicle here. For an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of this method, as well as the full use of newly published comparative data, see, in addition to the works of Kitchen and the six volumes of collected essays already mentioned, many of the entries in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books and the collection of essays in Archival Documents from the Biblical World, whose titles describe their contents: James€K.

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