On the Reliability of the Old Testament
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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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 ... Read full review
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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
First Things First Whats in Question?
The Seven Segments of Traditional Biblical History
In Medias Res the Era of the Hebrew Kingdoms
External Written Sources and Biblical Data
Home and Away Exile and Return
NeoBabylonian and Persian Rulers in OT and External Sources
The Empire Strikes Back Saul David and Solomon
Kings and Suggested Dates Israelite United Monarchy
Explicit Sequences of Judges and Related People
Lotus Eating and Moving On Exodus and Covenant
Founding Fathers or Fleeting Phantoms the Patriarchs
Humble Beginnings around and in Canaan
The Book of Joshua as It Is
Formulae for Captured Towns in Joshua 10
10A Formulae Towns Captured in EA 185
Book of Judges Outline and Layout
Zones in Which Judges Are Said to Have Operated
A Vitamin Supplement Prophets and Prophecy
Back to Methuselah and Well Beyond
Last Things Last a Few Conclusions