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Can a ‘History of Israel’ be Written?
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Can a ‘History of Israel’ be Written?


T&T Clark 2004

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This resource considers whether and how a history of Israel can be written and if the Hebrew Bible can be used as a source for such history. The question regarding the writing of the history of ancient Israel has become fiercely debated in recent years, due mostly to the different concepts of historical methodology. The European Seminar on Methodology in Israel’s History was founded specifically to address this problem. Members of the Seminar hold a variety of views, all agreeing there is a problem to be addressed. The first meeting of the Seminar, held in Dublin in 1996, focused on the merit of the Hebrew Bible as a source in writing the history of Israel. Can a ‘History of Israel’ be Written? contains the main papers that were prepared to set the stage for this discussion, along with an introduction to the Seminar, its aims and its membership. The editor also provides a concluding chapter summarizing and reflecting on the debate.

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Key Features

  • Introduction by the editor
  • Reflections on the discussion
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

Product Details

  • Title: Can a ‘History of Israel’ be Written?
  • Editor: Lester L. Grabbe
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 201

About Lester L. Grabbe

Lester L. Grabbe (PhD, Claremont) is a professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism at the University of Hull, UK. He is the author of Did Moses Speak Attic? and A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period.

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