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The Politics of Ancient Israel (Library of Ancient Israel) Hardcover – December 13, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Ancient Israel
  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; First Edition edition (December 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664219772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664219772
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman K. Gottwald is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In The Politics Of Ancient Israel, Norman Gottwald (Adjunct Professor of Old testament at the Pacific School of Religion and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary ) meticulously reconstructs the political environment of ancient Israel, as well as that of the larger political context of the ancient Near East. Gottwald insightfully questions the traditional and prevailing view that the Hebrew Bible ought to be the primary source to diagram the evolution of Israel's political history. Along with a scholarly and documented discussion of the matrix of monarchial development of Israel and Judah, The Politics Of Ancient Israel provides both the scholar and the non- specialist general reader with an informative survey and accounting of the problems of religion, power, and politics interwoven throughout the history of ancient Israel. The latest volume in the outstanding Westminister/John Knox Press "Library of Ancient Israel" series, The Politics Of Ancient Israel is very highly recommended for personal and academic Israelite history reference collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoeyP2 on December 30, 2013
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If you're looking for background material for a Bible study or a sermon on the Old Testament, read this book. It will illuminate your understanding significantly. As an example, it stripped some of the glory from Hezekiah's reign. Maybe the Assyrians retreated, but according to Assyrian records he still ended up paying tribute. It tells me the victory was not as complete as the version of the story we're typically told in Church, otherwise why would Josiah have gone out to fight against Egypt when they were targeting Assyria? It's likely that Judah remained a tribute state, despite being spared complete destruction during Hezekiah's reign. This is only one example from the book. Of course, it's always a challenge to reconstruct all the exact details of an ancient period, but you're given a lot to chew on.
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