The Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology And The Myth Of Israel

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Basic Books, Dec 13, 2007 - Religion - 432 pages
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This is a revolutionary, revisionist book on the Old Testament and the early history of the Middle East. There have been many extraordinary advances in Palestinian and biblical archaeology in recent years. This book is a synthesis of all the cutting-edge archaeology and textual studies of the last 25 years as well as studies in the history of agriculture and technology, settlement patterns, climatology, sociology, and economics. Among its startling conclusions are:1) Today we no longer have a history of Israel.2) We can no longer talk about a time of the patriarchs.3) There was never a United Monarchy” [Saul, David, Solomon] in history and it is meaningless to speak of pre-exilic prophets and their writing.4) Israel was only a small highland patronate lying north of Jerusalem and south of the Jezreel Valley.5) The notion Israel” and its history is a literary fiction.These conclusions are bound to set off some explosive arguments. The synthesis draws on established and widely accepted specific, scholarly work. The author's conclusions, however, are radical and new.
 

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This book strikes me as the blindingly obvious wrapped up as great intellectual discovery. The great discovery is that a predominantly oral history leads to a merging of fact with myth: no, surely not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joel Armstrong - Christianbook.com

An interesting book, because it is not anti-Bible, it just wants us to not look at the Bible in historical perspective. It wants us to look at the Bible as a series of mythical stories. In a increasingly post-theological world, this book provides an different perspective on the Bible. Read full review

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