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Israel's History and the History of Israel (BibleWorld) Hardcover – January 15, 2005

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"Liverani charts a sinuous and expert path through the minefield that has come to mark the discussion over how to reconstruct ancient Israelite history. No one will come away from reading him without being challenged, indeed exhilarated by the depth of his insights and the breadth of his vision." - Peter Machinist, Harvard University "Liverani's intentions in offering an account of the biblical transformation of Israel's past 'from trivial event to significant re-elaboration' are to be commended. His book is an appropriate and exciting alternative to the biblical narrative." - Times Literary Supplement "The work is stimulating, original in all its parts, and contains many original insights that will no doubt fertilize all future discussions about the Bible as a source for the history of ancient Israel." -Review of Biblical Literature

About the Author

Mario Liverani is Professor of History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Rome "La Sapienza".

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Product Details

  • Series: BibleWorld
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904768768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904768760
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Zatkalik on May 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The author (p. 367) recognizes that Israel's history has two parts (hence the title) which he identifies as "... 'normal history' and 'invented history'... . Further, these two "should be read as supporting each other."
Normal history includes past and present archeological sites related to biblical information. Invented history consists of recognizing the "later re-elaboration" and how this is "rooted in the preceding events ... The historian's legitimate and proper ambition is to connect these two parts, giving life to a historical trajectory that makes overall sense."
Dr. Liverani - and his translator - provides a wealth of information, illustrations and scholarly work that deserves being read by those looking to further their education. Dr. Liverani's book is not an introduction, not a book by book look at Israel's history. The reader will be rewarded for their investment in thinking through this book's information and thesis.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Commentary Surveyor on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Though historically skeptical and reads the historical texts of the Bible to uncover ideological bias, the combination of Liverani's expertise in ANE background combined with setting Israel in the context of the larger world (esp. the sixth century BC) sets this history apart, and much insight can be gathered here.
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