In Search of 'Ancient Israel' (3rd Edition) (T&t Clark Cornerstones Series)
:The appearance of In Search of 'Ancient Israel' generated a still-raging controversy about the historical reality of what biblical scholars call 'Ancient Israel'. But its argument not only takes in the problematic relationship between Iron Age Palestinian archaeology and the...
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:The appearance of In Search of 'Ancient Israel' generated a still-raging controversy about the historical reality of what biblical scholars call 'Ancient Israel'. But its argument not only takes in the problematic relationship between Iron Age Palestinian archaeology and the biblical 'Israel' but also outlines the processes that created the literature of the Hebrew bible-the ideological matrix, the scribal milieu, and the cultural adoption of a national literary archive as religious scripture as part of the process of creating 'Judaisms'. As such, in this volume Philip R. Davies challenges the whole spectrum of scholarly consensus about the origins of 'Israel' and its scriptures, in a manner that is both learned and accessible. For this new edition Davies has provided a new extended introduction, in which he considers how the debate has raged since the book was first published, and in which he repositions this classic work within the present scholarly context.
Emeritus Professor Philip Davies was educated at Oxford and (Ph.D., University of St Andrews), and he taught in Ghana before he was appointed at Sheffield.
His major interests are in intertestamental and rabbinic literature and in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on that subject: 1QM: The War Scroll from Qumran; Qumran; The Damascus Covenant and Behind the Essenes. He is co-author with John Rogerson of the textbook, The Old Testament World, and author of a book on Old Testament history, In Search of 'Ancient Israel'.
He and Professor Clines founded the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and he sits on the board of the Supplement Series of monographs.
He is also Executive Officer of the European Association of Biblical Studies and an Editor of Equinox Publishing.
- :preface To Third Editionpreface To Second Editionacknowledgementsabbreviationsreflective Introductionch. 1 Preliminariesch. 2 Searching For 'ancient Israel'ch. 3 Defining The Biblical Israelch. 4 A Search For Historical Israelch. 5 The Social Context Of The Biblical Israelch. 6 Who Wrote The Biblical Literature, And Where?ch. 7 How Was The Biblical Literature Written, And Why?ch. 8 From Literature To Scripturech. 9 The Emergence Of Israelbibliography Of Works Citedindex Of References Index Of Authors