By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess
The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in previous testomony reviews. On one facet are minimalists who locate little of old price within the Hebrew Bible. at the different facet are those that imagine 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 background of Israel textbook values the Bible's historic contribution with no overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the e-book introduces scholars to the present country of study on matters proper to the research of old Israel. The editors and individuals, all best biblical students and historians, speak about historic facts in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.
Illustrative goods, reminiscent of maps and photographs, visually aid the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are included.
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Hess and David Toshio Tsumura; SBTS 4; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1994]). Although Jacobsen and Miller are drawing comparisons esp. between ancient Near Eastern mythology and the priestly materials of Gen. 1–11, the literary category itself is helpful for all of the Primeval History. â•¯On the near impossibility of defining “myth” and “mythology,” see JohnÂ€N. Oswalt, The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 32–46. â•¯Richard H.
William W. Hallo, “Antediluvian Cities,” JCS 23 (1970–1971): 57–67, esp. 61. â•¯Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 1–15 (WBC 1; Waco: Word, 1987), 166. indd 49 8/21/14 3:54 PM 34 â†œThe Genesis Narratives Sumerians Sumer is the name of the alluvial plain at the mouth of the Persian Gulf in what is modern Kuwait and southern Iraq. The origins of the inhabitants of ancient Sumer (the Sumerians) remain completely shrouded in mystery, although we know much about their society and culture in the third millenniumÂ€BCE.
For theoretical introduction to this topic and recent bibliography, see MichaelÂ€R. Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic; Nottingham, UK: Apollos, 2010), 31–107, and esp. 67–70 on absolute, adequate, and reasonable certainty. â•¯For this approach, although in a more nuanced way than usually stated, see LesterÂ€L. Grabbe, Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? (London: T&T Clark, 2007), 6–10, 35. 6 The problem, of course, is that archaeology and epigraphy themselves need interpretation, and sometimes scholars are as inclined to privilege or overinterpret these data as severely as they accuse others of overreading the biblical text.
Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources by Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess