Ancient Israel What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

ISBN-10: 056703254X
ISBN-13: 9780567032546
Edition: 2007
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Description: A number of "histories of Israel" have been written over the past few decades yet the basic methodological questions are not always addressed: how do we write such a history and how can we know anything about the history of Israel? In Ancient  More...

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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 2/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A number of "histories of Israel" have been written over the past few decades yet the basic methodological questions are not always addressed: how do we write such a history and how can we know anything about the history of Israel? 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. Grabbe's aim is not to offer a history as such but rather to collect together and analyze the materials necessary for writing such a history. His approach therefore allows the reader the freedom, and equips them with the essential methodological tools, to use the valuable and wide-ranging evidence presented in this volume to draw their own conclusions. The most basic question about the history of ancient Israel, how do we know what we know, leads to the fundamental questions of the study: 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 makes an original contribution to the field but also provides an enlightening overview and critique of current scholarly debate. It can therefore serve as a "handbook" or reference-point for those wanting a catalog of original sources, scholarship, and secondary studies. Its user-friendly structure and Grabbe's clarity of style make this book eminently accessible not only to students ofbiblical studies and ancient history but also to the interested lay reader.

Lester L. Grabbe is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull.He is founder and convenor of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology.A recent book is "Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know it?"

Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Principles and Methods of Investigating the History of Ancient Israel
Aims
Concepts and Complications: The Question of Sources and Methods
The Place of the Social Sciences
The Longue Duree
Using Archaeology as a Source
General Comments
Terminology of Archaeological Periods
Use of Survey Data
The Debate over the 'Low Chronology'
The Stratigraphy of Samaria
Reinterpretation of the Jochan Seal
Problems with Forgeries
Ethnicity
Ideology and Neo-Fundamentalism
'Maximalists', 'Minimalists' and the ad hominem Argument
The Contemporary Practice of Writing Israel's History
Developments in General Historiography
Forty Years of Debate Among Biblical Scholars
Principles of Historical Method Used in this Book
Historical Investigations
Second Millennium: Middle and Late Bronze Ages (2000-1300 BCE)
Sources
Archaeology
Egyptian Texts
Execration Texts
Amarna Letters
The Story of Sinuhe
Ugaritic Texts
Mesopotamian Texts
Biblical Text
Analysis
Peoples/Ethnic and Social Groups
Hyksos
Amorites (Amurru)
'Apiru/Haberu
Shasu (Shosu, S3sw, Sutu)
Canaanites
Question of the Patriarchs
Synthesis
First Part of the Second Millennium (ca. 2000-1600/1500 BCE)
Egypt
Old Assyrian Period (ca. 2000-1750)
Old Babylonian Period (ca. 2000-1600)
Hittites
Northern Syria
Second Part of the Second Millennium (ca. 1600/1500-1200 BCE)
Egypt
Mesopotamia
Hittite Empire (ca. 1400-1200)
Mitanni Kingdom (ca. 1600-1350)
Ugarit
Palestine
Late Bronze II to Iron IIA (ca. 1300-900 BCE): From Settlement to Statehood
Sources
Archaeology
Analysis
Merneptah Stela
Medinet Habu and Related Inscriptions
Report of Wenamun
Shoshenq I's Palestinian Inscription
Biblical Text
Pentateuch
Deuteronomistic History (DtrH)
Analysis
The Question of the Exodus
The Sea Peoples and the Philistines
Transjordan
From Settlement to Statehood
Joshua and Judges
The Settlement: Recent Models in Biblical Studies
'Tribes' and 'Nomads'
Anthropological Models of Statehood
The Saul, David and Solomon Traditions
Writing, Literacy and Bureaucracy
Synthesis
Iron IIB (900-720 BCE): Rise and Fall of the Northern Kingdom
Sources
Archaeology
Hebrew Inscriptions
Aramaic Inscriptions
Tel Dan
Melqart Inscription
Zakkur Inscription
Mesha Stela
Assyrian Sources
Phoenician History of Menander of Ephesus
Biblical Text
1 Kings 16.15-2 Kings 17.41 (2 Chronicles 18-28): Outline of the Contents
Analysis
Analysis
Ahab
Israel and Moab
The Aramaeans
Fall of Samaria
Development of Religion
The God Yhwh
Other Deities and Worship
Temple Religion versus 'Popular'/'Folk'/'Family' Religion
Development of Monotheism
Synthesis
Biblical Data Confirmed
Biblical Data not Confirmed, though They may be Correct
Biblical Picture Incorrect
Biblical Picture Omits/has Gaps
Iron IIC (720-539 BCE): Peak and Decline of Judah
Sources
Archaeology
Conclusions with Regard to Archaeology
Palestinian Inscriptions
The Adon Papyrus
Mesad Hashavyahu
Arad Ostraca
Lachish Letters
The Ashyahu Ostracon
Seals and Bullae
Assyrian Sources
Sargon II (721-705 BCE)
Sennacherib (705-681 BCE)
Esarhaddon (681-669 BCE)
Ashurbanipal (669-627 BCE)
Babylonian Sources
Nabopolassar (626-605 BCE)
Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BCE)
Jehoiachin Documents
Texts from al-Yahudu and Nasar
Egyptian Source: Psammetichus Inscription
The Biblical Story: 2 Kings 21-25 and Parallels
2 Kings//2 Chronicles
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Ezra
Daniel
Analysis of the Text
Analysis
Hezekiah
Manasseh
Amon
Josiah
Jehoahaz
Jehoiakim
Jehoiachin
Zedekiah
The Case of Jeremiah
The Case of Nebuchadnezzar
The 'Exile'
Synthesis
Biblical Data Confirmed
Biblical Data not Confirmed, though They may be Correct
Biblical Picture is Most Likely Incorrect
Biblical Picture Omits/has Gaps
Conclusions
'The End of the Matter': What Can We Say about Israelite and Judahite History?
Bibliography
Index of References
Index of Subjects
Index of Modern Authors

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