The historiography of Ancient Israel is much debated. The various approaches are never void of ideology and some reckon more with the available evidence than others. This volume consists of a set of case-studies that reveal the difficulties that arise when trying to write a history as honestly as possible. This implies that both the archaeology of Ancient Palestine - the finds and their interrogation - as well as the Philosophy of History - their models and their implications - are discussed. The outcome is a variety of approaches that inform the reader of current views on the history of Ancient Israel.
Bob Becking, PhD. (1985) in Theology, Utrecht University, is Senior Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht for Bible, Religion and Identity. He published extensively on historical matters and was co-editor of the
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (Brill 1995).
Lester L. Grabbe, PhD (1975) in Religion, Claremont Graduate University, DD (1993), University of Hull, is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull. He has published extensively on the history of Second Temple Judaism and the history of ancient Israel. Founder of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology and editor of the monograph series of the same name.
Table of contents
Lester L. Grabbe David between Ideology and Evidence
Bob Becking Mercator in theWilderness: Numbers 33
John R. Bartlett Origins of Israel between History and Ideology
Meindert Dijkstra The Case of the Corrupting Consensus
Lester L. Grabbe Three Hasidisms and their Militant Ideologies: 1 and 2 Maccabees, Psalms 144 and 149
Harm van Grol The Old Testament as a Diachronic Corpus
Marinus Koster Pharaoh Shishak’s Invasion of Palestine and the Exodus from Egypt
Andrew D.H. Mayes The Greek Esthers and the Search for History: Some Preliminary Observations
Jill Middlemass Does Archaeology Really Deserve the Status of a ‘High Court’ in Biblical Historical Research?
Nadav Na"aman History and Prophecy in the Book of Judges
Klaas Spronk Resisting the Past: Ancient Israel inWestern Memory
KeithW.Whitelam Figures and Maps
Index of Authors
Index of Textual References
All those interested in history and the methodology of history writing, especially in connection with the Ancient Near East; Biblical scholars and theologians