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Overview A definitive text and resource for every student of the Old Testament, this fourth edition of John Bright's now classic work is newly introduced by William P. Brown.
Unsurpassed for nearly half a century, and now with a new introduction and appendix by William P. Brown, John Bright's "A History of Israel" will continue to be a standard for a new generation of students of the Old Testament. This book remains a classic in the literature of theological education.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 6.01" Height: 1.2" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664220681 ISBN13 9780664220686
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More About John Bright & William P. Brown
Bright, before his death, was the Cyrus H. McCormick Professor Hebrew and the Interpretation of the Old Testament, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA.
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Historic & Insightful Sep 12, 2005
Bright does nothing to insult or diminish the traditions of religous persons; nor does he ask those with pure scholastic interest to carry beliefs in line with any given tradition. Instead, he articulates the scripture's statements of history and infuses external sources in a lively narrative reading that provides much insight into the history of Israel. Hebrew Scripture is not dismissed with harsh disregard for its riches; external evidence is not dismissed either. Tensions are allowed to remain and presented to the reader.
Good, but not objective Feb 23, 2004
I had to write this when I saw the other reviews. I purchased the book because I felt that it would be an objective analysis of the archeological findings from the region. Israel and Palestine are some of the most heavily excavated real estate in the world. If there had been a palace of Salomon and David, it would have been found by now - and properly identified in time. Much of the work in this book I would describe as wishful thinking. Its fine to take the Hebrew Bible as a guide, just as others took Homer's Iliad as a guide to Troy. But no one seriously feels that finding some evidence for a historical Troy means that Hector, Paris and Helena were real people. Nice story, but without some factual evidence, it's still just a nice story, no matter how strongly you believe.
That's where this book falls down. It looks at the evidence in the best light for what he want to prove (that's perfectly acceptable) but then he over-reaches and makes claims that can not be supported by any evidence. 2 + 2 do not equal 8 no matter how fervently you believe it.
Despite this, there is some very good analysis in the book, and I look forward to using some parts of it as reference in future. I am glad I purchased it, but just be advised of its shortcomings. It's not the objective read that the reviews trumpet.
Almost does it Dec 27, 2001
For a long time I had been looking for a history of Israel in which the conclusions are based on the same kinds of evidence as any other history. Bright's wonderful book is almost it. I do not understand why he says things like "that Moses was an actual person can scarely be doubted" or something to that effect. He vacillates between an historian's examination of data and the same old deference to Scripture from which I've needed a relief for decades. He does say that sometimes the only source we have is the scripture, but he still seems to be influenced by what people have found sacred, such as the existence of Abraham as a real person or the event of the Exodus. All in all though, it is the best I've seen.
The Old Reliable OT Background Book Apr 18, 2001
At sem this was required reading to achieve an accurate, full understanding of the historical context of the OT books.
Bright is intense, thorough and up-to-date with archaeological finds, coming out of the Albright school.
He updates his text with the Dead Sea scrolls as well as the Ebla tablets and other findings which provide additional insight into the historical setting.
Conflicting views are given attention along with excellent footnotes for further reading and a well stocked bibliography.