Editors: Bill Arnold and Richard Hess
Bibliographic info: 560 pp.
Publisher: Baker Academic, 2014.
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The history of Israel is a contentious issue for many in biblical studies. Mainstream opinion on Israelite history doesn’t exactly lend much credence to the idea of the Hebrew Bible possessing a great deal of historical value. At one end of the spectrum, you have the minimalists, those who find next to nothing useful about the Hebrew Bible in terms of its reliability for providing a faithful historical account of Israelite origins. At the other end of the spectrum, you have a very conservative stream of Christian thought that sees the historicity of the Hebrew Bible as being practically perfect.
This is where Ancient Israel’s History comes in. It seeks to navigate between the two extremes by carefully and judiciously…
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