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A Nice Introduction to Ancient Israel 26 juin 2000
Par deafguy - Publié sur
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J. Maxwell Miller and John H. Hayes' A History of Ancient Israel and Judah provides a solid introduction to the methods and problems of studying the development of the kingdoms that came to be known as Israel and Judah. The book deals with events from the time of Israel's origins (the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages) to the work of Ezra and Nehemiah (the fifth and fourth centuries BCE). On the whole, A History is more cautious with the biblical texts than other histories of ancient Israel, such as John Bright's A History of Israel. Miller and Hayes spend less time offering guesses about the more speculative aspects of Israel's history, such as the patriarchs and exodus, and concentrate their efforts on the later period (tenth to fifth centuries BCE) for which conclusions are more certain. From its beginning, this study is very much set within the geographical, political, economic, and religious context of the ancient Near East and Egypt as a whole. Perhaps the most attractive feature of this work is the inclusion of both photographs and fairly complete translations of extra-biblical documents pertinent to various stages of Israel's history. A History is divided into chronological segments, and the authors proceed by summarizing the biblical texts germane to the time period, critically examining these accounts along with extra-biblical and archaeological evidence, and then drawing conclusions. If the book has a major weakness, it is the absence of either footnotes or endnotes, but the authors provide a sizable topical bibliography at the conclusion of the book, and overall, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah is sound, readable scholarship.
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An excellent historical reference 24 janvier 2012
Par Alex S - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I first encountered this textbook in Seminary, when I was studying the Old Testament. This is not intended to be a commentary, rather it is intended to explore the history within the timeline conceived.

The issue is that this particular history is between 2000 and 3000 years old. Miller and Hayes are willing to confront discrepancies, look at historical realities, and help us to better understand how all of these complex factors build into the Old Testament we have today.

If you are looking for a scholarly work on what we understand about the history of the area in which the Old Testament is set, this is the "gold standard" to have in your library. However, if you are looking for a commentary on the background of the Old Testament, I recommend that you consider The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament which will be much more applicable to your studies.
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A path-breaking and definitive work 17 mai 2014
Par Dr Garry - Publié sur
Format: Broché
In its first edition in the late 1980s, this textbook was one of the first to absorb and acknowledge the implications of archaeological studies in Syria-Palestine. It was one of the first to deny that the Biblical narratives had a unique and privileged place in reconstructing the history of Israel/Judah.

The second edition has kept pace with current research, without being partisan in the many debates currently raging through Syrio-Palestinian archaeology and Israelite history.

This is a definitive and comprehensive study, a major work of scholarship. Some other reviewers have chastised it for tedium. Well, yes, that charge can be laid against it, but really, what are these reviewers looking for? A comic strip history of Israel/Judah? Pop-up videos? Jokes? I've read a lot of academic works, and this one is by no means the driest I have read. Indeed, I find it fairly easy reading.

The text is supplemented by many timelines and ancillary boxes, such as extensive quotes from Assyrian and Babylonian sources. The only let down are the maps, which are very poorly reproduced.

This text is a standard in many bible study courses. I would recommended this to anyone wanting to read a comprehensive history with a progressive slant.

For those who want a southern American Baptist alternative that politely but firmly declines to engage with all the archeaological advances made since 1950, and the literary-critical scholarship simce 1850, I would recommend Longman and Dillard's An Introduction to the Old Testament: Second Edition.
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Par Steven H Propp - Publié sur
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At the time this book was first published in 1986, J. Maxwell Miller was professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University, and John Hayes was professor of Old Testament at Emory University.

They wrote in the Preface, “Any attempt to write a history of ancient Israel and Judah must depend primarily on the biblical record and necessarily presupposed a moderate position between two extremes. On the one hand, there are those who, usually on theological grounds, insist that the biblical record itself already provides a completely accurate and adequate account of biblical times. On the other hand, there are those who, viewing the Bible fundamentally as a collection of folk legends, miracle stories, theological treatises, and the like, deny that it has much valid historical information to offer. We expect this volume to receive negative responses from both directions---from those who regard our treatment as overly skeptical of the biblical story, and from those who regard it as overly gullible. One thing is certain: writing a history of biblical times… entails the highly subjective task of analyzing and interpreting sources… which rarely provide in any straightforward manner exactly the kinds of information the historian seeks. Thus we have devoted considerable space to describing the sources relevant to the various periods of Israelite and Judean history…”

They note, “Although historically the Philistines are to be associated specifically with the coastal plain, during Classical Times the name ‘Philistia’ (‘land of the Philistines’) came to be applied more generally to the whole southern end of the Eastern Mediterranean Seaboard. Syria Palestina was the name of the Roman province, for example, which included most of the region that will be described below as Palestine. In short then, the English term ‘Palestine’ derives ultimately from ‘Philistia,’ ‘the land of the Philistines.’” (Pg. 40)

They explain, “This Genesis-Joshua account of Israel’s origins exhibits certain characteristics and makes historical claims that many modern historians, indeed many modern readers in general, find difficult to accept… The material… reflects, for example, certain historical perspectives that were popular in ancient times but are no longer in vogue and that raise questions about the material’s credibility. [Such as:] The Concept of a ‘Golden Age’… Divine Direction of Human Affairs… Lineal Genealogical Descent… there are other aspects that challenge credulity… For example, Jacob presumably would have been at least seventy years old when he went to Mesopotamia to secure himself a wife… Simeon and Levi, sons of Jacob, would have been teenagers when they destroyed the city of Chechem (Gen 34). Other matters unrelated to chronology raise similar credibility issues. Exodus 12:37-39 reports that 600,000 Hebrews of fighting age left Egypt. This number plus their wives and children along with the mixed multitude said to accompany them would have totaled come two and a half million. Marching ten abreast, the numbers would have formed a line over 150 miles long and would have required eight or nine days to march by any fixed point. The mere logistics of organizing such a group… raise enormous questions for any historian who would seek to use this information. The critical historian must reject some or all of such accounts, qualify them, or develop some nonbiblical scenario large enough to encompass the improbabilities.” (Pg. 60-61)

They observe, “The only reference to Israel in Middle Eastern sources prior to the ninth century is found in the so-called ‘Israel Stela’ of Pharaoh Merneptah. Inscribed in his fifth year, about 1230 B.C.E., the stela commemorates and extols the pharaoh’s victories, some actual, some probably imaginary. Near the end of the final hymnic section, the inscription claims: … ‘Israel is laid waste, his seed is not…’ Thus the inscription testifies to the existence of a population group bearing the name ‘Israel’ and possibly tribal in structure, living in Canaan about 1230 B.C.E. Little more can be concluded from the inscription. The reported encounter between Merneptah and Israel is not mentioned in the Bible. Yet the very fact that this Egyptian inscription reports an Israel as being on the scene in Palestine during the thirteenth century is an important bit of information…” (Pg. 68)

They say, “We decline any attempt to reconstruct the earliest history of the Israelites … and begin our treatment with a description of the circumstances that appear to have existed among the tribes in Palestine on the eve of the establishment of the monarchy. Our primary source of information for this purpose will be the narratives in the Book of Judges.” (Pg. 79) They wrote, “The compilers of Genesis-II Kings concluded their presentation of Solomon’s reign with a reference to a source from which, presumably, they derived some of their material. ‘Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?’ (I Kings 11:41) This pattern will be repeated for each of the later Israelite and Judean kings … Scholars have generally supposed… that the books of ‘Chronicles’ to which the compilers of Genesis-II Kings referred were annalistic-like accounts based ultimately on court records… In any case, it is impossible to determine which material in the Genesis-II Kings presentation of Solomon was derived from ‘the book of the acts of Solomon.’” (Pg. 197)

They point out of the Divided Kingdom, “There now were two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south, where formerly one had existed. From a casual reading of I-II Kings and II Chronicles, one might get the idea that these two kingdoms were roughly equal in size and strength, and perhaps even infer that Judah was the superior power and Israel only a breakaway fragment. Actually the reverse was the case. In many ways---including size, geographical position, and military strength---Israel was the dominant kingdom.” (Pg. 233)

This is an excellent, broad, reasonably “balanced” and critical account of the history of “Old Testament Israel,” that will be of interest to anyone wanting a one-volume summary.
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Oh so dry 22 février 2014
Par Momazing - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I can't read this for more than 20 or 30 minutes without starting to fall asleep. The facts are there, but there is no storytelling or artistic talent about how they are laid out. There is nothing to hook the reader.
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