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Understanding the History of Ancient Israel - Proceedings of the British Academy 143 (Hardback)
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Understanding the History of Ancient Israel - Proceedings of the British Academy 143 (Hardback)

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Hardback 452 Pages / Published: 25/10/2007
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In recent years the study of the history of Ancient Israel has become very heated. On the one hand there are those who continue to use the Bible as a primary source, modified and illustrated by the findings of archaeology, and on the other there are some who believe that primacy should be given to archaeology and that the Biblical account is then seen to be for the most part completely unreliable in historical terms. This volume makes a fresh contribution to this debate by inquiring into the appropriate methods for combining different sorts of evidence-archaeological, epigraphical, iconographical, as well as Biblical. It also seeks to learn from related historical disciplines such as classical antiquity and early Islamic history, where similar problems are faced. The volume features contribution from a strong team of internationally distinguished scholars, frequently in debate with each other, in order to ensure that there is a balance of opinion. Chapters focus on the ninth century BCE (the period of the Omri dynasty) as a test case, but the proposals are of far wider application. The result is a work which brings together in mutually respectful dialogue the representatives of positions which are otherwise in danger of talking across one another. This volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of the Bible, as well as being of great interest to all for whom the Bible is a work of fundamental importance for religion and culture.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780197264010
Number of pages: 452
Weight: 843 g
Dimensions: 242 x 168 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[a] well-produced volume * International Review of Biblical Studies *
For all its brevity, this elegantly written paper is a basic-and convincing-contribution to understanding 1/2 Kings. * International Review of Biblical Studies *
This volume is a 'must read' for all who are interested in current debates concerning the history of Israel, especially ninth century, and the editor is to be congratulated on putting together such an excellent volume. * J. Day, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *
The contributions in this volume represent some of the most nuanced thinking currently available regarding the study of Israelite history, and the book engages many of the historical issues that will continue to stimulate and bedevil biblical scholars throughout the 21st century ... Williamson and the authors whose work appears in this volume are to be congratulated for their stimulating and useful contributions to a debate that will continue to rage, rationally or irrationally for many years to come. * Brian R. Doak, Religion *

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