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History of Ancient Israel and Judah

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ISBN-10: 0664223583

ISBN-13: 9780664223588

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: J. Maxwell Miller, John H. Hayes

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This classic textbook, widely used for over two decades, constructs a history of ancient Israel and Judah through a thorough investigation of epigraphical, archaeological, and biblical sources. Approaching biblical history as history, Miller and Hayes examine the political and economic factors that give context to the Israelite monarchy's actions and the biblical writers? accounts. Now updated with the latest research and critical discoveries, including the Tell Dan Inscription, and considering the lively debate surrounding the reliability of biblical accounts, Miller and Hayes's judicious and evenhanded portrayal gives detailed attention to the nature, strengths, and limitations of various…    
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 7/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.49" tall
Weight: 1.958

List of Charts, Photographs, Maps, and Texts
The Setting
The Chronological Context
The Israelites and Judeans as "Latecomers"
Their Origins Shrouded in a Dark Age
Israel and Judah among the Peoples and Empires of the Iron Age
The Impact of Alexander's Conquest
The Geographical Context
The Fertile Crescent
The Eastern Mediterranean Seaboard
Everyday Life in Ancient Palestine
Epigraphy and Archaeology
Epigraphical Evidence
Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Palestine as Known from Egyptian Sources
Early Iron Age Palestine's Heterogeneous Population
Texts That Relate Specifically to Israel
Archaeological Evidence
Late Bronze Age Palestine (ca. 1550-1200 B.C.E.)
The Early Iron Age
Questionable Correlations between Archaeology and the Bible
Early Israel and the Early Iron Age Highland Settlements
The Biblical Evidence
Summary of the Genesis-Judges Narrative
Difficulties with Using the Genesis-Judges Narrative for Historical Research
Ancient Notions about the Past
General Improbabilities
Internal Contradictions
Composite Character of the Genesis-2 Kings History
Folk Materials Embedded in the Hebrew Bible
Folk Materials and Historical Evidence
Contemporary Approaches to the History of Ancient Israel
Our Approach
Earliest Israel
Families, Clans, and Tribes
Tribal Alignments and Territories
Ephraim and Satellite Tribes
Other Tribes Occasionally Involved in Ephraimite Affairs
Other Southern Tribal Groups
Leadership among the Clans and Tribes
Religion and Cult
El, Baal, and Yahweh
Priestly Lines and Houses
Shechem and Shiloh
Defining Early Israel
Eli, Samuel, and Saul
Eli, Samuel, and Saul according to 1 Samuel
Summary of 1 Samuel 1-15
General Characteristics of the 1 Samuel Account
Separating the Traditions in 1 Samuel
Problem Areas for the Historian
Shiloh and the Elides
The "Historical" Samuel
Saul, an Early Israelite Chieftain
Saul's Rise to Power
The Territorial Extent of Saul's Chiefdom
Administrative Affairs
Saul and Yahwism
Opposition to Saul
Saul's Last Battle
Abner and Ish-bosheth
David as Presented in the Biblical Materials
Summary of 1 Samuel 16-1 Kings 2
Observations Regarding the Genesis-2 Kings Account of David's Reign
The Chronicler's Presentation of David's Reign
David and the Psalms
The Biblical David and the Historical David
David in Saul's Court
David the Renegade
Escape from Saul's Court
David in Adullam and Vicinity
Roaming the Wilderness of Ziph
David with the Philistines
David Rules from Hebron
David, King of Jerusalem
Dealing with Opposition
The Execution of Saul's Descendants
Absalom's Rebellion
Sheba's Revolt
David's Administration
The "High Officials"
The Zadokites and the Priests of Nob
The Levites
The Extent of David's Rule and His Frontier Wars
Determining the Extent of David's Direct Rule
David's Frontier Wars
Solomon in the Biblical Materials
The Genesis-2 Kings Presentation of Solomon's Reign
Summary of 1 Kings 1-11
Composition and Structure of 1 Kings 1-11
The Chronicler's Presentation of Solomon
Solomon and the "Wisdom" Books
The Biblical Solomon and Historical Reconstruction
Solomon and Archaeology
Possible Glimpses of the Historical Solomon
Solomon's Accession to the Throne
The Extent of Solomon's Kingdom and International Relations
Solomon and International Commerce
Solomon's Administration
Solomon the Builder
Solomon and the Cult
Internal Conflict
Separate Kingdoms
The International Scene during the Mid-Centuries of the Iron Age
Peoples of the Iron Age
The Neo-Assyrian Empire
The Neo-Babylonian Empire
Sources of Information about the Two Kingdoms
The Hebrew Bible
Epigraphical Evidence
The Archaeology of Iron II Palestine
Matters of Interpretation
Origins of the Separate Kingdoms
Establishing Dates for the Kings of Israel and Judah
Four Decades of Hostilities
Sources for the Period
The Biblical Materials
Sheshonq's Inscription
The Shechem Assembly and Its Aftermath
The Constituency of the Shechem Assembly
Rehoboam's Rejection
The Role of the Tribe of Benjamin
Jeroboam at Shechem
Differences between the Kingdoms
Territorial Size and Strength
Instability of the Northern Kingdom
Absence of a Sustaining Royal Theology
The Role of Prophets in Northern Politics
Rehoboam, Abijam, and Asa of Judah
Jeroboam, Nadab, Baasha, and Elah of Israel
Shishak's Invasion
Conflicts between the Kingdoms
The Omride Era
Sources for the Period and Their Problems
The Omride Era as Presented in 1-2 Kings
The Omride Era according to the Chronicler
Royal Inscriptions of Moab, Assyria, and Syria
Archaeological Evidence
Conflicts in the Sources
Chronological Issues
Israel at Its Zenith under Omri and Ahab
Omri's Rise to Power
A New Capital at Samaria
Omri and Ahab in International Affairs
Omri and Ahab as Builders
Yahwism and Baalism under the Omrides
Ahab's Death and the Beginning of Decline under Ahaziah
Jehoshaphat of Judah
Jehoshaphat in the Shadow of Ahab
Jehoshaphat's Maritime Venture
The Two Jehorams (?)
The End of the Omrides in Israel
The Century of the Jehu Dynasty
Sources of Information
The Biblical Materials
Royal Assyrian and Syrian Records
Chronological Matters
Under Syrian Oppression and Recovery
Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Joash of Israel
Athaliah, Joash, and Amaziah of Judah
National Restoration under Jeroboam II and Uzziah
Israel under Jeroboam
Judah under Uzziah and Jotham
Social and Religious Conditions
The Era of Assyrian Domination: The End of the Kingdom of Israel
Sources for the Period
Syria-Palestine and the Assyrian Empire
The Assyrian Conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean Seaboard
Assyrian Administrative Policies
Chronological Issues
Rezin's "Greater Syria"
The Last Years of Israel
Shallum and Menahem
The Syro-Ephraimite Attack on Jerusalem
Tiglath-pileser III's 734-731 Campaign
Hoshea and the Fall of Samaria
The Assyrian Province of Samerina
Deportation and Resettlement
Of Lions and Priests
The Era of Assyrian Domination: Judean History from Ahaz to Amon
Ahaz (Jehoahaz I)
Ahaz as Depicted in the Biblical Sources
Ahaz and the Syro-Ephraimite Crisis
Ahaz's Religious Practices
Hezekiah as Depicted in the Biblical Sources
Chronological Difficulties
Sargon and Hezekiah
Hezekiah's Revolt and Sennacherib's Invasion
Pax Assyriaca
Assyrian-Egyptian Rapprochement
Manasseh and Assyria
Manasseh in Babylon?
The Last Years of the Davidic Kingdom
Sources for the Period
The Accounts in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles
The Prophetical Books
The Babylonian Chronicles
Hebrew Ostraca
Chronological Problems
The Collapse of Assyria and the Rise of Babylonia
Cimmerians, Scythians, and Medes
Egypt and Syria-Palestine
The Rise of Babylon
The Last Days of Assyria
Judah and International Affairs
Judah as an Egyptian Vassal
Judah and the Barbarian Movements
The Reign of Josiah
Literary and Chronological Matters
The Book of the Law
Josiah's Reform
The Death of Josiah
Jehoahaz II
King Jehoiakim and the Prophet Jeremiah
Judah as a Babylonian Vassal
Judah under Babylonian Hegemony
The Judean Rebellion and the Fall of Jerusalem
The Period of Babylonian Domination
Sources for the Period
Judah after the Fall of Jerusalem
General Destruction in the Land
Judean Exiles
Verification of Prophetic Proclamation
The Rule of Gedaliah
An Attempt at Davidic Restoration
Continuation of Cultic Life
The Era of Babylonian Dominance
The Diaspora
The Biblical Source Material
Nonbiblical Sources
The Exiles in Babylonia
The Egyptian Diaspora
The Era of the Persian Empire
Sources for the Period
The Rise of Cyrus and the Persians
Cyrus as Liberator and Propagandist
Persian Policy toward the Judean Exiles
The Political Situation in Judah
The Extent of the Return
The Reconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple
Darius I
The Completion of Temple Reconstruction
Judah as a Persian Province after Darius I
Persia and the West from Darius I to Artaxerxes III
The Activity of Ezra and Nehemiah
The Chronological Problem
The Work of Nehemiah
Ezra's Attempted Reform
Later Developments in the Period
Scripture Index
Name Index