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Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods
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Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods

Author: Matthews, Victor H.
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ISBN: 0801031974 / 9780801031977
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Baker Academic
Release Date: 2007-10-01
Condition: New with remainder mark.
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"Admirably fills a niche for a useful, yet affordable supplementary text for college and seminary courses covering ancient Israel or biblical history."--Jeffrey P. Hudon, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin
The Old Testament Scriptures were not written in a vacuum. They were written by and to a specific people who lived within specific social, historical, political, and literary contexts not only of their own culture but also of the surrounding peoples. Clearly, an understanding of ancient Israel and the ancient Near East is essential for proper interpretation of the Bible.
Unfortunately, as students seek this kind of understanding, they are confronted with a variety of competing opinions and methods regarding the culture, history, sociology, and geography of the biblical story. Does archaeology 'prove' the Bible? Is the Bible history, and if so, what kind? How should the Old Testament be approached as literature? These and other questions are addressed in Studying the Ancient Israelites, which provides a guide to the tools, methods, and goals of the study of ancient Israel. The book also examines the insights that can be gained from geography, archaeology, literary study, sociology, and historiography as well as the limitations of each of these disciplines. Here is an excellent supplemental text for any course in Old Testament study.

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