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Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations [Format Kindle]

A.H. Sayce

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Pyrrhus Press specializes in bringing books long out of date back to life, allowing today’s readers access to yesterday’s treasures.
A.H. Sayce was one of the foremost historians about antiquity and Egypt during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his book, Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations looks at the early history of the nation and its ancient history and relations with the other powers in the region, such as Babylon and Egypt.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 956 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 238 pages
  • Editeur : Pyrrhus Press (19 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00KGDYZDE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Excelent Book, If A Product Of Its Time 1 septembre 2014
Par Nathan Albright - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One's appreciation of this book is increased if you know a little bit about the author ahead of time. A.H. Sayce was an early Assyriologist of the late 19th century who became legendary for his brilliant insights into the Hittite Empire and its early texts, as well as his skilled work in translating cuneiform tablets from Babylon and other areas. His diverse work appears to have been born out of a combination of physical delicacy and immense intellectual skill, and many of his hunches (like the site of the Hittite capital and the existence of a massive Hittite capital and the syllabary nature of the Hittite language) appear to have been spot on. Given his sagacity when it comes to his guesses, it would stand to reason that his comments about the relationship between Israel and its neighbors is pretty strong as well.

That would be an accurate judgment, based on the contents of this book. The author seems to have an approach similar to authors like K.A. Kitchen in not being an obvious religious believer but having a high degree of confidence in the historical worth of the Bible because of his firm knowledge of the history and literature of the ancient Near East. As a strong opponent of higher criticism based on firm empirical knowledge, this author draws his case for the legitimacy of the biblical worldview from a strong knowledge of the source material that was available at the time he wrote, which included the Tel Amarna letters, some Hittite treaties, the Moabite stone, some of the early Assyrian texts, the Babylonian creation and flood myths, and the like (many of which are included as an appendix to the text). This writing demonstrated to the author the clear historicity of key events, including the mysterious battle of Genesis 14, in which the author identifies Abraham as a contemporary of Hammurabi, and further guesses that it was Abraham's victory against that army that allowed Hammurabi to break free from Elamite domination. Likewise, the author offers some sound judgments on the influence of Egypt and Babylon on the biblical worldview in ways that are sensible, if somewhat unusual.

This is not to say that this book is without its quirks. The author clearly belongs to that 19th century tradition of making provocative racial claims that would be considered highly offensive for academics in the present age. Two sets of comments, made often, would not tend to pass muster with contemporary racial mores. The first is a tendency to ascribe certain characteristics to ethnicities (including Egyptians and Arabs). This was an entirely acceptable manner of speaking when Sayce was alive, and he was not even particularly hostile in doing so--he seems to have an attitude of respect towards other people, but as a historian of ancient times he is clearly interested in looking at the endurance of cultural traits among people, some of which are not particularly flattering. The other trait is his insistence on the superiority of mixed races to "pure" races in their success. This would seem to be an argument against the racism that was endemic in his society, under the rubric of eugenics and social Darwinsim, but his argument, even if it is sensible, is not something that would pass muster with today's concern about national and ethnic politics that seek to privilege supposedly pure minority peoples. For those who are not bothered by this sort of commentary, this book offers some intriguing commentary about Israel in the context of its neighbors and provides a general historical context for evaluating and highly regarding the historical claims of scripture.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 By studying history we gain a deeper understanding of what's going on in the Bible. 11 juillet 2014
Par Jack Huesman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Part of being able to understand the Bible is studying the history of the nation of Israel as well as the surrounding peoples. What were their customs, practices, religions?
People wonder why God would have ordered entire peoples to be destroyed rather than defeated and enslaved or subjugated. I know several people at my (rather small) church who struggle with this. But when you study those cultures, you see that failing to do so created a "right of revenge" that would last forever. Recall the story of Haman in the Book of Esther. Haman was an Amalekite...a people who were supposed to have been utterly wiped out by King Saul hundreds of years earlier...and now we have Haman still plotting to get revenge on the Jews.
People think the verses about slavery in the Old Testament indicate that God approved/approves of slavery...but when you see how slaves were viewed in other cultures in those days, you see that God's orders for how to treat slaves made the Israelites stand out as a shining example of how to be humane and kind. It was the first step in God's plan for treating everyone equally that later saw Paul telling Philemon to treat Onesimus, and escaped slave, as a "beloved brother."

This is a very good overview of the history of the nation of Israel and the surrounding cultures. It is not overly deep, and that's good in that it avoids some of the dry details a lot of history books get into...but it does cover the different nations/cultures that surrounded and interacted with Israel at various times in the Old Testament era.
For anyone looking to gain a better understanding of the Bible, this is a very good introduction into the study of what the Israelites had to deal with in their history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The concise guide to the facts about the Biblical land of Israel & Her Semitic origin 26 septembre 2011
Par AL_TAQIYYA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As todays 'Arab Spring' threatens to devour any claim of Judeo-Christian existence in the land divinely promised to "The Apple of YHWH's eye", those desiring a concise, fact based narrative on the history behind Israel, need to consume the information portrayed in these pages!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Antique 4 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I didn't find much in this book to be of value. It was dusty dry and...well, boring as the dickens. I'll yank it out of the cloud someday and perhaps might find it more interesting then.
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