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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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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The Mythic Past, exerpts, are enlightening as well as encouraging because it shows how far we have come but how
far we need to go to learn not to get too chummy with a foreign country (as George
Washington warned). Israel is a war country. "Far better is a dry crust eaten in peace than a great feast in conflict." Proverbs 17. Whoever wrote that was wise and living in the future, not the mythic past. The armchair warrior US politicians are too greedy to stop wars for Israel because of their pockets being lined with millions of $ from Israel's lobbies. They don't care how many of our soldiers are dying, 1000 just in Afghanistan. Information from The Mythic Past should be widely read, especially by the get-rich-quick charlatan evangelical preachers. They all want to reach the level of those who are so corrupt they ride around in a Lear Jet gift from Israel to buy their votes and opinions, those like the late Jerry Falwell did. Or those like Hagee who dupes his flock into giving millions to Israel while millions of American children go to bed hungry at night and need better schools and a job for their parents! Those dudes should move to Israel and get out of America.  

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