Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
:In Ancient Israel Lester L. Grabbe sets out to summarize what we know through a survey of sources and how we know it by a discussion of methodology and by evaluating the evidence. The most basic question about the history...
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:In Ancient Israel Lester L. Grabbe sets out to summarize what we know through a survey of sources and how we know it by a discussion of methodology and by evaluating the evidence. The most basic question about the history of ancient Israel, how do we know what we know, leads to the fundamental questions of Grabbe's work: what are the sources for the history of Israel and how do we evaluate them? How do we make them 'speak' to us through the fog of centuries? Grabbe focuses on original sources, including inscriptions, papyri, and archaeology. He examines the problems involved in historical methodology and deals with the major issues surrounding the use of the biblical text when writing a history of this period. Ancient Israel provides an enlightening overview and critique of current scholarly debate. It can therefore serve as a 'handbook' or reference-point for those wanting a catalogue of original sources, scholarship, and secondary studies. Grabbe's clarity of style makes this book eminently accessible not only to students of biblical studies and ancient history but also to the interested lay reader. For this new edition the entire text has been reworked to take account of new archaeological discoveries and theories. There is a major expansion to include a comprehensive coverage of David and Solomon and more detailed information on specific kings of Israel throughout. Grabbe has also added material on the historicity of the Exodus, and provided a thorough update of the material on the later bronze age.
Lester L. Grabbe (Ph.D., University of Claremont, DD., University of Hull), is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull, UK. He is both the author and editor of numerous books including Good Kings and Bad Kings; Ancient Israel; History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period (vol. 1); and Introduction to 1st Century Judaism.
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- :abbreviations Preface <b>part I: Introduction </b>1. Principles And Method Of Investigating The History Of Ancient Israel <b>part Ii: Historical Investigations</b>2. Second Millennium: Middle And Late Bronze Ages (2000-1300 Bce)3. Late Bronze Ii To Iron Iia (ca. 1300-900 Bce): From Settlement To Statehood4. Iron Iib (900-720 Bce): Rise And Fall Of The Northern Kingdom5. Iron Iic (720-539 Bce): Peak And Decline Of Judah<b>part Iii: Conclusions </b>6. 'the End Of The Matter': What Can We Say About Israelite And Judahite History?bibliographyindex Of Referencesindex Of Subjectsindex Of Modern Authors