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Ancient Israel: A Short History from Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple Paperback – November 23, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0130364357 ISBN-10: 0130364355 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 1 edition (November 23, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130364355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130364357
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A short, authoritative exploration of the full sweep of the history of ancient Israel -- from Abraham (the first Hebrew) to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.

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This history of ancient Israel is unique - a short account that covers the entire span from Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are two broad audiences for histories of the Old Testament period in Israel: those who want to know the archaeology and those who want to know the history as it is depicted in the Bible. Now, there are a wide range of books for those audiences. Some take a delight in debunking the Bible, while others are respectful of it while presenting honest archaeology, while others ignore archaeology (or make very selective use of it) and discuss only what is in the Bible. This book is in the middle category. The editor and the various authors clearly do not regard the history of Israel as presented in the Bible as authoritative or terribly accurate. They do not go out of their way to attack the Bible, but use it as a only a small part of a larger scientific framework of examining Israel's history.

As a believer in the Bible, I would like to reassure those who still would like to know what archaeology has to say, that they can read this book and not lose their faith. Not because the book doesn't challenge some of the beliefs readers of the Bible might have, but because faith and science measure and discuss different things. In my view, knowing what honest examination of history tells us can enrich what we know from the Bible. We also don't need to worry about what God has told his prophets because of what someone without faith has thought up. We can consider and examine everything without having to set our faith aside. Ignoring history out of fear is, I believe, more damaging and a poor witness of our faith.

This book covers the period from the time of Abraham through the destruction of the second temple by the Romans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Rafferty on March 9, 2013
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By the time I finished the first chapter, I was already convinced of the quality and depth of this book, which has far surpassed other historical-archaeological books that I have read concerning this background of Israel. It is written by a diverse group of eight archaeologists or professors, who are extremely well versed of the knowledge of what they speak. Even the editor is sufficiently qualified to write on the subject matter; not an easy task for any contributor to a book, but in this case it adds credence to the depth and dimension of the subject in addition to the other authors. It is not written in a style that the average person cannot understand; quite the contrary--it is written in a style that anyone can understand--from a new Bible student to one who has been studying for years.

I am not sure if there is a more recent edition (this one is from 1988), but if not this should be of great assistance to any Bible student, pastor or teacher. I think the only other "helps" book that a person would need as a companion book to this one is a Bible book of ancient maps, so that one can follow the path from the days of "Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Temple."

After another few hours, I was completely convinced that this book excels far and above the others in my personal library. Without hesitation, I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants an historical-archaeological book.
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