This comprehensive classic textbook represents the most recent
approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social,
political, economic, religious and ecological changes from
Palaeolithic to Roman eras. Designed for beginners with little
knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and
charts, it explains how and why academic study of the past is
undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and
theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and
modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters
emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient
culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a
historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is
sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment
of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient
Near Eastern texts. This new edition has been fully revised,
incorporating new graphics and English translations of Near Eastern
inscriptions. New material on the religiously diverse environment
of Ancient Israel taking into account the latest archaeological
discussions brings this book right up to date.
T. & T. Clark
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