Early History of the Israelite People: From the Written & Archaeological Sources

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 482 pages
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This is a groundbreaking book on the origins of Israel, taking into account the contexts of geography, anthropology, and sociology, and drawing on a careful analysis of archaeological and written evidence. Thompson argues that none of the traditional models for the origin of biblical Israel in terms of conquest, peaceful settlement, or revolution are viable. The ninth and eighth century BC State of Israel is a product of the Mediterranean economy. The development of the ethnic concept of biblical Israel finds its context in history first at the time of the Persian renaissance. The volume presents a clear historical context and an interpretative matrix for the Bible.
  

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Contents

HistoricalCritical Research and Extrabiblical Sources
1
Social Anthropology and the History of Palestine
27
Historicity and the Deconstruction of Biblical Historio
77
New Departures towards in Independent History of Israel
127
Semites of Greater Palestine
171
The Late BronzeIron Age Transition
215
Israel and Ethnicity in Palestine
301
The Formation of Ethnicity
353
An Independent History of Israel
401
Indices
425
Bibliography
452
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Thomas L. Thompson, is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Marquette University in Milwaukee, and author of "The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives" (1974). More recent publications are "The Origin Tradition of Ancient Israel" (1987), and "Toponymie Palestinienne" (1988).

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