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Product Details

  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802862608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802862600
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This excellent, comprehensive, and well-written volume will be an invaluable aid to students and an indispensable reference for scholars.”
— John H. Hayes
coauthor of A History of Ancient Israel and Judah

“The rapidly changing scenario of ‘biblical history’ is certainly in need of a clear, balanced, and comprehensive explanation. This book fills that requirement, providing a first-class resource for the scholar and the student, and I can recommend no better book for a new generation of biblical historians. Biblical History and Israel’s Past will not be sitting on my bookshelf. It will lie permanently on my desk. . . . A splendid achievement.”
— Philip Davies
author of The Origins of Biblical Israel

“In this highly readable and remarkably comprehensive study, Megan Moore and Brad Kelle have put in their debt all biblical scholars, whether or not they are specialists in the study of ancient and/or biblical history. The book is a one-stop shop in the changing state of the study of Israel’s past since 1970, but it also includes Moore and Kelle’s own judicious commentary and prognostications for the future. This volume is not to be missed!”
— Brent A. Strawn
coeditor of Qumran Studies: New Approaches, New Questions

About the Author

Megan Bishop Moore is visiting assistant professor of religion at Wake Forest University. She is also author of Philosophy and Practice in Writing a History of Ancient Israel.

Brad E. Kelle is professor of Old Testament at Point Loma Nazarene Unversity. His other books include Hosea 2: Metaphor and Rhetoric in Historical Perspective.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Carter on June 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is really quite stunning both in breadth of content and in accessibility to an informed general reader. Moore and Kelle not only provide an up-to-date survey of current understandings of various periods of Israel's history and pre-history, they also quite succinctly describe the changing ways that the tradition of biblical interpretation has interacted with that history. For those just coming to a serious study of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, upon finishing this book you'll feel like an expert, and for those who may think they've lost interest in the topic after having plowed the same ground repetitively, this book will reawaken your curiosity in this endlessly fascinating subject of study.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on March 2, 2013
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Simply a great survey, easy to read even by those (like me) who are new to the field.

I'm an interested amateur researching the topic towards making a teaching resource chart of Old Testament history. When doing such research, a major problem an ingenue such as myself encounters is sorting out the nutters; or, if you like, weighing the various factions. For example, I had earlier read Israel Finkelstein's The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts but I had no idea if he was a reputable scholar, or just some nutcase with an interesting-but-easily-refuted-idea, like David Rohl (A Test of Time).

The archaeology of ancient Palestine/Israel is a subject riven by political and religious agendas. What, exactly, is the current state of the field?

This book is an easy-to-read survey of the archaeology and historiography of ancient Palestine/Israel, from the early 20th century to date. It makes no claims to original research, and uses no technical verbiage. It shows how all the major archaeologists in the field fit into the grand picture, and how interpretations of Israel/Palestine's past have changed in the light of new evidence over the past 50 years. It clearly identifies the various factions. This is invaluable for further reading. This survey clearly locates Finkelstein, for example, in scholarship.

What surprised me most was how rapidly scholarship has moved in the past few decades.
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Skolnik on June 13, 2013
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The authors make it the point of this unfortunate book to demean any idea that does not fit their minimalist position. They frequently put quotation marks around ideas they disagree with. Sometimes it is not too bad; for example, p. 4: in many places the Bible itself can be called "history..." This "study" should not be purchased-you might just encourage them to do it again in another work.
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