Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and by Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

By Bill T. Arnold, Richard S. Hess

The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in outdated testomony reviews. On one facet are minimalists who locate little of historic price within the Hebrew Bible. at the different part are those that suppose the biblical textual content is an actual old checklist. Many severe scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would receive advantages from a cautious exploration of matters in Israelite history.

This sizeable background of Israel textbook values the Bible's ancient contribution with out overlooking serious matters and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the publication introduces scholars to the present nation of analysis on concerns suitable to the research of historic Israel. The editors and participants, all most sensible biblical students and historians, speak about historic proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, corresponding to maps and pictures, visually aid the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are included.

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The latter date marks the conquest of that same area by the Roman general Pompey and the beginning of Roman imperial rule. An exception to this is chapter€8, where we consider the historiographical value of the prophetic traditions. The acts and words of prophets dominate much of the Hebrew Bible and thus provide an important area for consideration. As each chapter develops its theme, there is a concern to present four major areas for consideration. First, the chapter provides a summary of the biblical texts traditionally associated with the period or type of literature under consideration.

The Assyrians named each year according to a king or important official, and they kept a list of these year-names in sequence according to the rulers. One of the names had attached to it a note that an eclipse occurred on a particular month. 40 As a result of this piece of data, it was possible to fix the dates for the reigns of the kings of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, the Neo-Babylonian Empire, and the Persian Empire. Corresponding connections with Egyptian chronology allowed for absolute dates there as well.

See Alan R. Millard, The Eponyms of the Assyrian Empire 910–612€BC (SAAS 2; Helsinki: Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, University of Helsinki, 1994), 2. ╯Edwin R. , Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983). See also Kenneth€A. Kitchen, “Chronology,” DOTHB 181–88. indd 36 8/21/14 3:53 PM ↜Richard S. Hess 21 reign. The king’s predecessor died during year€X. In one case year€X was not counted by the new monarch (it was called the “accession year” system), and in the other case year€X was counted as one year.

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