In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars, such as Philip Davies, Thomas Thompson, and Niels Peter Lemche, to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period. One scholar (Lemche) has even claimed that the Old Testament is a Hellenistic work. The purpose of In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources go back to the pre-exilic period and, when critically analyzed, can shed much light on that period. This volume surveys not only historiography but also various aspects of what can be known of pre-exilic prophecy, law, wisdom, and psalmody. This important work is the product of a team of seventeen international scholars, no fewer than five of whom are fellows of the British Academy.
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- Seventeen essays by international scholars
- Preface by the editor
- Bibliographical references and indexes
- Title: In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel
- Editor: John Day
- Publisher: T & T Clark
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 433
About John Day
John Day is a professor of Biblical studies at the University of Oxford and fellow and tutor of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. His research interests lie in Old Testament languages, literature, history, theology, religion, and archaeology, especially in the light of their ancient near eastern background. He is the author of Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel.