Understanding the History of Ancient Israel
Edited by H. G. M. Williamson
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Understanding the History of Ancient Israel by H. G. M. Williamson
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780197264010
(242mm x 168mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author H. G. M. Williamson
Israel in the Books of Chronicles, Paperback (June 2007)
This book analyses a much neglected writer's contribution to the debate within Judaism in the post-exilic period.
Isaiah 1-5, Hardback (July 2006)
For over years, "International Critical Commentaries" have had a special place among works on the Bible. They bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis - linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological - to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments.
Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books, Hardback (January 2006)View all books by H. G. M. Williamson
Features articles on the history of Old Testament Israel and the biblical books that recount it.
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