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A Biblical History of Israel [Paperback]

By Iain W. Provan (Author), V. Philips Long (Author) & Tremper Longman III (Author)
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In this much-anticipated textbook, three respected biblical scholars have written a history of ancient Israel that takes the biblical text seriously as an historical document. While also considering nonbiblical sources and being attentive to what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology suggest about the past, the authors do so within the context and paradigm of the Old Testament canon, which is held as the primary document for reconstructing Israel's history. In Part One, the authors set the volume in context and review past and current scholarly debate about learning Israel's history, negating arguments against using the Bible as the central source. In Part Two, they seek to retell the history itself with an eye to all the factors explored in Part One.

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In this much-anticipated textbook, three respected biblical scholars have written a history of ancient Israel that takes the biblical text seriously as an historical document. While also considering nonbiblical sources and being attentive to what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology suggest about the past, the authors do so within the context and paradigm of the Old Testament canon, which is held as the primary document for reconstructing Israel's history. In Part One, the authors set the volume in context and review past and current scholarly debate about learning Israel's history, negating arguments against using the Bible as the central source. In Part Two, they seek to retell the history itself with an eye to all the factors explored in Part One.

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A Biblical History of Israel by Iain W. Provan, V. Philips Long & Tremper Longman III has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Choice - 04/01/2004 page 1491


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6" Height: 1.26"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 20, 2004
Publisher   PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664220908  
ISBN13  9780664220907  


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1Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Israel
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A Beautifully Argued Book  Mar 30, 2007
The authors are to be congratulated for their beautifully laid out and tightly argued book. The first third of the book lays out their philosophical basis for the history and provokes many questions and encourages much thought. We are in their debt for this fine, fine book on Israel's history as its comes to us from the "testimony" of Scripture. The authors are to be appreciated for their answering the so called "minimalists"
approach to "biblical" history. I found the book well written, wonderfully argued, and extremely helpful. This book should belong on the shelf of everyone interested in ancient Israel's history.
 
A necessary book  Dec 31, 2006
I have always felt that you should believe someone unless you have good reason not too. Many biblical minimalist seem to take the view that the bible is wrong as history with very little, if any proof to back their claims up.

This book is a ultra maximalist defense of the bible as a historical work. If you are interested in this subject, its a must read.

 
Thanks!  Jun 22, 2004
As a relative newcomer to the field of historical criticism, I appreciate Provan/Long/Longman's work. It is truly a sign of good scholarship to be able to take the complex and make it understandable. I don't mean easy, but understandable. Provan's command of his topic is clear and thorough, especially in regard to epistemology and testimony. Those who by faith and reason trust the Biblical texts as reliable testimonies of ancient Israel will find encouragement in this book.
 
Turns critical methodology on its head.  Jun 19, 2004
The first 100 pages discusses the methodology of modern historiography and demonstrates how biblical critics continue to use out of date methodologies in their attempt to destroy the concept that ancient Israel actually existed. Especially telling is his discussion on testimony. They maintain that the biblical testimony about Israel's history is as valid a source as any other. Even modern archeaology is not neutral but needs to be interpreted; therefore it becomes another testimony in the mix.

The next two hundred pages discuss the history of Israel with this positive-testimony model. They do not paint as comprehensive a history as some might like (along the lines of Bright). Instead they focus on the problem areas rasied by the text.

This is a terrific book and it is taking a very important place in my library.

 
a long time coming  Feb 17, 2004
The modern arguments for how a methodology should be when approaching the Bible are challenged, and challenged well! The book borders on overemphasizing its counterarguments. There really is no reason to do this, for the arguments are very good and hardly need any repetition.

This history is one that is selective, on purpose. You do not get a great sense of how Israel interacted in a society with each other, as different classes and occupations.

But this book very much fills a void in Biblical Historical Studies, and makes people aware of all the issues that go into scholars' work on the Bible. Similar to Dever, who has a comment of the back cover of the book, this book gives both the Biblical author and editors, and modern day Bible historian, credibility to be both confessional and critical.

It doesn't shy away from the harder supposed discrepancies many find in the Bible, and instead of stooping to a lazier approach of simple harmonization, engages the text and other extra-biblical sources, to show that the Biblical narratives in no way contradict other sources, and that by reading the text carefully, one can make sense of what is going on.

This kind of book has been a long time in coming. It is most excellent!

 

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