Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and by Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in outdated testomony experiences. On one part are minimalists who locate little of old worth within the Hebrew Bible. at the different aspect are those that think the biblical textual content is an exact historic checklist. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would get advantages from a cautious exploration of concerns in Israelite history.

This substantial heritage of Israel textbook values the Bible's old contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the publication introduces scholars to the present nation of analysis on concerns correct to the learn of historic Israel. The editors and members, all most sensible biblical students and historians, speak about ancient proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, corresponding to maps and pictures, visually aid the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are included.

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2 of Collected Essays; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2005); idem, Ancient Israel’s History and Historiography: The First Temple Period (vol. 3 of Collected Essays; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2005). ╯Kenneth A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). ╯Alan R. Millard, James€K. Hoffmeier, and David€W. €Philips Long, David€W. Baker, and Gordon€J. , Windows into Old Testament History: Evidence, Argument, and the Crisis of “Biblical Israel” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002); James€K.

35 Finally, there is the useful discussion and enormous bibliography of Kenton€L. 36 Although not concerned only with historiographical matters, this could be a starting point for a comparative survey of the relevant texts of any given period in Israel. The philosophical underpinnings of all three methods continue to enjoy study and reflection. 37 Only then are the two compared and contrasted. €1 of Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions; UISK 8; Berlin: de€Gruyter, 2000). ╯Bill T. Arnold and H.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). ╯Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts (New York: Free Press, 2001). ╯Thomas E. , The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land (New York: Facts on File, 1995). ╯Daniel E. Fleming, The Legacy of Israel in Judah’s Bible: History, Politics, and the ReÂ� inscribing of Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). 28 H i s t o r i e s B a l a n c i n g B i b l i c a l a n d E x t r a b i b l i c a l S o u rc e s As we move into the third area of research, that which emphasizes the biblical text and the extrabiblical evidence but does not accept without question either the results of higher criticism or the skepticism of the first group, we can consider a variety of studies, both those that primarily react to the other areas and those that present new syntheses.

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