Ancient Israel’s history is frequently debated by Old Testament scholars. On one side, minimalists find little of historical value in the Hebrew Bible. On the other side, those holding a traditional view assume the biblical text is a precise historical record. But many serious Bible students find themselves somewhere in the middle, and would benefit from a careful exploration of issues in Israelite history.
Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess’ history values the Bible’s historical contribution without overlooking critical challenges. Drawing on recent scholarship, the book introduces students to the current state of research on issues relevant to the study of ancient Israel. The editors and contributors, all top biblical scholars and historians, discuss historical evidence in a readable manner, using both canonical and chronological lenses to explore Israelite history.
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Get more on Israel’s history with Jacob Neusner’s five-volume epic A History of the Jews in Babylonia (5 vols.).
Equipped with these insightful investigations of the biblical text and the ancient world, readers can now offer an informed defense of the historical credibility of the Old Testament.
—John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
A superb collection orienting readers to historical data and debates relevant to ancient Israel—judiciously weighed, accessibly presented.
—Mark J. Boda, professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College
An excellent new resource for those interested in taking seriously all the evidence, both biblical and extrabiblical, bearing on the history of ancient Israel and in thinking carefully about how to weigh that evidence and integrate it into a coherent account.
—Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College
Bill T. Arnold is Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of many books, including The Face of Old Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches, and Encountering the Book of Genesis: A Study of Its Content and Issues, and Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. He has also written numerous commentaries, including 1 and 2 Samuel, in the >NIVAC series, and is the editor of Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books.
Richard S. Hess is Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, and editor of the Denver Journal. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey, Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms: Song of Songs, and the commentary Joshua in the Tyndale Commentary Series.