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

By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

ISBN-10: 0801039304

ISBN-13: 9780801039300

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

This noticeable historical past of Israel textbook values the Bible's ancient contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the most recent scholarship, the booklet introduces scholars to the present country of study on matters appropriate to the research of old Israel. The editors and participants, all best biblical students and historians, speak about old facts in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

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

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But each such text needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis, and opinions will, of course, vary widely. indd 50 8/21/14 3:54 PM ↜Bill T. Arnold 35 and still retain historical features or elements that reflect real events in time and space. Some of the events of the Primeval History may be historical but not literal. Ancestral Narratives (Gen. 24 The task we have set for ourselves in this volume is to explore as much as can be known about the historical realities behind these narratives. As with the mytho-historical/pre-ancestral materials of Genesis 1–11, we have precious little to go on here—no extrabiblical references to these characters, no definitive archaeological traces of their lives or the events described in these chapters.

77. ╯On the need for “finer discrimination” of sources in the historical endeavor, see Jens Bruun Kofoed, Text and History: Historiography and the Study of the Biblical Text (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2005), 41–43; Iain€W. €Philips Long, and Tremper Longman€III, A Biblical History of Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003), 56–62. indd 42 8/21/14 3:53 PM 27 ↜Bill T. Arnold Ancient Alalakh As we have noted, we have no specific evidence from archaeology or epigraphy confirming events described in the book of Genesis or mentioning any of the characters of the book.

However, we have a body of literature from the ancient Near East suggesting cultural parallels to Israel’s ancestors. For example, more than five hundred texts were discovered from two distinct periods in the history of the ancient city of Alalakh (modern Tell Atchana): the eighteenth–seventeenth and fifteenth centuries€BCE. Alalakh was located on the southeast corner of the Hatay plain, on the Orontes River, in what is now southern Turkey (see fig. 1). Most of these inscriptions were written in Akkadian cuneiform on clay tablets, but reflect features of the local dialect.

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