Prelude to Israel's Past: Background and Beginnings of Israelite History and Identity
Niels Peter LemcheISBN: 1565633431;
Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: German How useful is the Old Testament for reconstructing the history of early Israel? How accurate is the BibleA’s portrait of the ancient Near East over three thousand years ago? Such questions have recently dominated academic discussion and have spilled over even into the popular arena. Prelude to Israel's Past may add fuel to the fire of this often heated debate. Lemche, a scholar at the center of this debate, carefully explores the crucial questions that concern the biblical portrayal of IsraelA’s early history. Does that portrait conform to the historical description of Bronze Age Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Mesopotamia that modern-day historians and archaeologists have uncovered? Did the biblical authors record the experiences of IsraelA’s ancestors, or did these authors express their own experiences through historical fiction? LemcheA’s lucid answers to these and many other questions suggest...
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