New PDF release: Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and

By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

ISBN-10: 0801039304

ISBN-13: 9780801039300

The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in outdated testomony stories.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

This considerable background of Israel textbook values the Bible's historic contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the ebook introduces scholars to the present kingdom of study on concerns proper to the research of historic Israel. The editors and individuals, all most sensible biblical students and historians, talk about ancient proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, resembling maps and pictures, visually help the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are included.

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For some of what follows, and more bibliography on this topic, see Arnold, Genesis, 9–10. indd 48 8/21/14 3:54 PM ↜Bill T. Arnold 33 of Israel’s ancestry. Thus the book traces through this system of genealogies a line of descent for all humanity through twenty-five generations from Adam to the children of Jacob, creating a literary framework or skeleton for the entire book. Most anthropologists and historians working with genealogies emphasize their origins in the oral culture of tribal societies and their fluid nature in telescoping and reorganizing details of a given genealogy.

C r i t i c a l O rt h o d ox y i n H i s t o r i e s In addition to the already-mentioned second edition of Miller and Hayes, the second and third editions of the multiauthored volume edited by Hershel Shanks also appeared at this time. 22 Other histories were written in part as a response to the skepticism of the first category. A critical response was made to those who considered the Hebrew Bible of little or no historical value. 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.

Arnold and H. G. M. , Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005); William€W. , Archival Documents from the Biblical World (vol. 3 of The Context of Scripture; Leiden: Brill, 2003). ╯Kenton L. Sparks, Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background Literature (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2005). ╯Koert van Bekkum, From Conquest to Coexistence: Ideology and Antiquarian Intent in the Historiography of Israel’s Settlement in Canaan (CHANE 45; Leiden: Brill, 2011).

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