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Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780801039300


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.).

Key Features

  • Offers a balanced engagement with critical issues in Old Testament history
  • Examines the historiographical value of the Old Testament
  • Studies historical evidence from a canonical, evidentiary, and chronological perspective

Contents and Contributors

  • “The Genesis Narratives,” Bill T. Arnold
  • “The Exodus and Wilderness Narratives,” James K. Hoffmeier
  • “Covenant and Treaty in the Hebrew Bible and in the Ancient Near East,” Samuel Greengus
  • “Early Israel and Its Appearance in Canaan,” Lawson G. Stone
  • “The Judges and the Early Iron Age,” Robert D. Miller II
  • “The Story of Samuel, Saul, and David,” Daniel Bodi
  • “United Monarchy: Archaeology and Literary Sources,” Steven M. Ortiz
  • “The Biblical Prophets in Historiography,” James K. Mead
  • “Late Tenth- and Ninth-Century Issues: Ahab Underplayed? Jehoshaphat Overplayed?” Kyle Greenwood
  • “Eighth-Century Issues: The World of Jeroboam II, the Fall of Samaria, and the Reign of Hezekiah,” Sandra Richter
  • “Judah in the Seventh Century: From the Aftermath of Sennacherib’s Invasion to the Beginning of Jehoiakim’s Rebellion,” Brad E. Kelle
  • “Sixth-Century Issues: The Fall of Jerusalem, the Exile, and the Return,” Peter van der Veen
  • “Fifth- and Fourth-Century Issues: Governorship and Priesthood in Jerusalem,” André Lemaire
  • “The Hellenistic Period,” David A. deSilva

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Product Details

About the Editors

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.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition