This comprehensive classic textbook represents the most recent approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes from Palaeolithic to Roman eras. Designed for beginners with little knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and charts, it explains how and why academic study of the past is undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient Near Eastern texts. This new edition has been fully revised, incorporating new graphics and English translations of Near Eastern inscriptions. New material on the religiously diverse environment of Ancient Israel taking into account the latest archaeological discussions brings this book right up to date.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 28 mm
Edition: 2nd edition
"This nicely written book brings its reader what it promises: a comprehensive introduction into the problems and perspectives of ancient Israelite historiography. The book is designed for classroom work and it is one of the best textbooks for an undergraduate course that I have read recently. The main reason for this positive assessment is that Noll is able to bring the reader from a position of not knowing, or having a biased view on Israel's past, to a position of grasping the problematic concepts of historiography." -Bob Becking, Utrecht University, Review of Biblical Literature
"This is a simply fascinating and superb presented textbook for either classroom use or personal informational enrichment, and filled with the latest archaeological and historical knowledge of Palestine from the Paleolithic to the Roman eras and the emergence of the Bible. Of especial note is the careful analysis of Biblical information about the land Palestine and the people who lived there. A fascinating, scholarly account, Canaan and Israel in Antiquity is strongly recommended for Biblical Studies, Biblical Archaeology, and Antiquarian History reading lists and academic reference collections." The Midwest Book Review, May 2002