In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel
In recent years there has been a tendency among certain scholars to claim that little can be known about pre-exilic Israel, because the Old Testament was only compiled in the post-exilic period (for example Philip Davies, Thomas Thompson, Neils Peter Lemche). One scholar (Lemche) has even claimed that the Old Testament is a Hellenistic work.
The purpose of this book is to argue that this is an extreme and untenable position and that, though much of the Old Testament was indeed edited in the exilic or post-exilic period, many of the underlying sources used go back to the pre-exilic period. When critically analyzed these sources can shed much light on the pre-exilic period.
This important work is the product of a team of seventeen international scholars, no fewer than five of whom are Fellows of the British Academy. None of the chapters has previously been published.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF THE EMERGENCE OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
THE QUESTION OF THE UNITED MONARCHY
Chapter 5 DATING THE SUCCESSION NARRATIVE
Chapter 6 THE DATE OF THE YAHWIST
Chapter 7 WAS THERE A SOCIAL CRISIS IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY?
SAMARIA AFTER THE FALL OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM
Chapter 11 HOW MANY PREEXILIC PSALMS ARE THERE?
Chapter 12 HOW MUCH WISDOM LITERATURE HAS ITS ROOTS IN THE PREEXILIC PERIOD?
Chapter 13 IS THE COVENANT CODE AN EXILIC COMPOSITION? A RESPONSE TO JOHN VAN SETERS
Chapter 14 YAHWEHS ASHERAH INCLUSIVE MONOTHEISM AND THE QUESTION OF DATING
Chapter 15 MESOPOTAMIAN SOURCES AND PREEXILIC ISRAEL
Chapter 16 HEBREW AND WEST SEMITIC INSCRIPTIONS AND PREEXILIC ISRAEL
Chapter 17 HEBREW POETIC STRUCTURE AS A BASIS FOR DATING
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