Understanding the History of Ancient Israel

Hardcover | October 25, 2007

EditorH. G. M. Williamson

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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 begiven 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 andearly 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 ofthe 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.

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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 begiven to archaeology and that the Biblical acco...

H.G.M. Williamson is Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, and Student, Christ Church; also Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:October 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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H.G.M. Williamson: IntroductionJ.W. Rogerson: Setting the Scene: A Brief Outline of Histories of IsraelKeith W. Whitelam: Setting the Scene: A Response to John RogersonHans M. Barstad: The History of Ancient Israel: What Directions Should We Take?Philip R. Davies: Biblical Israel in the Ninth Century?Lester L. Grabbe: Some Recent Issues in the Study of the History of IsraelT.P. Wiseman: Classical History: A Sketch, with Three ArtefactsChase F. Robinson: Early Islamic History: Parallels and ProblemsAmelie Kuhrt: Ancient Near Eastern History: The Case of Cyrus the Great of PersiaDavid Ussishkin: Archaeology of the Biblical Period: On Some Questions of Methodology and Chronology of the Iron AgeAmihai Mazar: The Spade and the Text: The Interaction between Archaeology and Israelite History Relating to the 10th-9th centuries BCEChristoph Uehlinger: Neither Eyewitnesses, nor Windows to the Past, but Valuable Testimony in its own RightM.J. Geller: Akkadian Sources of the Ninth CenturyK. Lawson Younger, Jr.: Neo-Assyrian and Israelite History in the Ninth Century: The Role of Shalmaneser IIIAndre Lemaire: West Semitic Inscriptions and 9th Century BCE Ancient IsraelMarc Zvi Brettler: Method in the Application of Biblical Source Material to Historical Writing (With Particular Reference to the Ninth Century BCE)Graeme Auld: Reading Kings on the Divided Monarchy: What Sort of Narrative?Rainer Albertz: Social History of Ancient IsraelBernard S. Jackson: Law in the 9th Century: Jehoshaphat's 'Judicial Reform'Nadav Na'aman: The Northern Kingdom in the Late Tenth-Ninth Centuries BCE