On the Reliability of the Old Testament

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 9, 2006 - Religion - 662 pages

For more than two hundred years controversy has raged over the reliability of the Old Testament. Questions about the factuality of its colorful stories of heroes, villains, and kings, for example, have led many critics to see the entire Hebrew Bible as little more than pious fiction. In this fascinating new book, noted ancient historian K. A. Kitchen takes strong issue with today's revisionist critics and offers a firm foundation for the historicity of the biblical texts.

In a detailed, comprehensive, and entertaining manner, Kitchen draws on an unprecedented range of historical data from the ancient Near East the Bible's own world and uses it to soundly reassess both the biblical record and the critics who condemn it. Working back from the latest periods (for which hard evidence is readily available) to the remotest times, Kitchen systematically shows up the many failures of favored arguments against the Bible and marshals pertinent permanent evidence from antiquity's inscriptions and artifacts to demonstrate the basic honesty of the Old Testament writers.

Enhanced with numerous tables, figures, and maps, On the Reliability of the Old Testament is a must-read for anyone interested in the question of biblical truth.

 

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This book is a polemic: it's proposition is that the documents of the Hebrew Bible properly reflect the times they purport to be writing about. The author proceeds to amass textual, archaeological and ... Read full review

Contents

First Things First Whats in Question?
1
The Seven Segments of Traditional Biblical History
5
In Medias Res the Era of the Hebrew Kingdoms
7
External Written Sources and Biblical Data
61
Home and Away Exile and Return
65
NeoBabylonian and Persian Rulers in OT and External Sources
73
The Empire Strikes Back Saul David and Solomon
81
Kings and Suggested Dates Israelite United Monarchy
83
Explicit Sequences of Judges and Related People
206
16
208
Lotus Eating and Moving On Exodus and Covenant
241
18
251
21
284
Founding Fathers or Fleeting Phantoms the Patriarchs
313
29
314
30
321

Humble Beginnings around and in Canaan
159
The Book of Joshua as It Is
160
Formulae for Captured Towns in Joshua 10
171
10A Formulae Towns Captured in EA 185
172
Book of Judges Outline and Layout
200
Zones in Which Judges Are Said to Have Operated
205
32
331
A Vitamin Supplement Prophets and Prophecy
373
Back to Methuselah and Well Beyond
421
36
437
Last Things Last a Few Conclusions
449
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