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In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

John Day
In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

John Day

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In recent years certain 'revisionist' scholars have claimed that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel because the Old Testament was compiled only after the exile. This book argues that this is an extreme and untenable position, and that though the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic and post-exilic periods, many of the underlying sources go back to pre-exilic Israel and, when critically analysed, can shed much light on that period. This volume surveys not only historiography but also various aspects of what can be known of pre-exilic prophecy, law, wisdom and psalmody. The light shed by archaeology and ancient Near Eastern texts is also evaluated. This important work is the product of an impressive international team of seventeen noted scholars. All the contributions, previously unpublished, arise from papers delivered to the Oxford Old Testament seminar.

- Publisher In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period (for example Philip Davies, Thomas Thompson, Neils Peter Lemche). One scholar (Lemche) has even claimed that the Old Testament is a Hellenistic work. The purpose of this book is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources used go back to the pre-exilic period. When critically analyzed these sources can shed much light on the pre-exilic period.

- Publisher In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period. The purpose of this book is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources used go back to the pre-exilic period. When critically analyzed these sources can shed much light on the pre-exilic period. This important work is the product of a team of seventeen international scholars, no fewer than five of whom are Fellows of the British Academy.

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In recent years certain 'revisionist' scholars have claimed that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel because the Old Testament was compiled only after the exile. This book argues that this is an extreme and untenable position, and that though the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic and post-exilic periods, many of the underlying sources go back to pre-exilic Israel and, when critically analysed, can shed much light on that period. This volume surveys not only historiography but also various aspects of what can be known of pre-exilic prophecy, law, wisdom and psalmody. The light shed by archaeology and ancient Near Eastern texts is also evaluated. This important work is the product of an impressive international team of seventeen noted scholars. All the contributions, previously unpublished, arise from papers delivered to the Oxford Old Testament seminar.
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In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period (for example Philip Davies, Thomas Thompson, Neils Peter Lemche). One scholar (Lemche) has even claimed that the Old Testament is a Hellenistic work. The purpose of this book is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources used go back to the pre-exilic period. When critically analyzed these sources can shed much light on the pre-exilic period.
- Publisher

In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period. The purpose of this book is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources used go back to the pre-exilic period. When critically analyzed these sources can shed much light on the pre-exilic period. This important work is the product of a team of seventeen international scholars, no fewer than five of whom are Fellows of the British Academy.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Day

John Day is Professor in Biblical Studies in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction. John Day; 1. The Pre-exilic Period In Twentieth Century Old Testament Scholarship; Ernest Nicholson; 2. Was There An Exodus? Graham Davies; 3. A Holistic Approach To The Problem Of The Emergence Of Ancient Israel. Anthony Frendo; 4. Histories And Non-histories Of Ancient Israel: The Question Of The United Monarchy. W. G. Dever; 5. The Date Of The 'succession Narrative'. John Barton; 6. The Date Of The J Source. John Emerton; 7. Was There A Social Crisis In The Eighth Century? Walter Houston; 8. In Search Of The Pre-exilic Isaiah. Hugh Williamson; 9. In Search Of Post-exilic Israel: Samaria After The Fall Of The Northern Kingdom. Gary Knoppers; 10. Jeremiah Before The Exile? David Reimer; 11. How Many Pre-exilic Psalms Are There? John Day; 12. How Much Pre-exilic Wisdom Literature Is There? Katherine Dell; 13. Is The Book Of The Covenant An Exilic Composition? Bernard Levinson; 14. Yahweh's Asherah, Inclusive Monotheism And The Question Of Dating. B. A. Mastin; 15. Mesopotamian Sources And Pre-exilic Israel. W. G. Lambert; 16. Hebrew And Other West Semitic Inscriptions And Pre-exilic Israel. Andre Lemaire; 17. Hebrew Poetic Structure As A Basis For Dating. Terry Fenton; Index
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