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Adam to Ahab: Myth and History in the Bible

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This book examines the origins of the Old Testament, one of the foundation stones of Western Civilization. Adam to Ahab begins with a fictitious but plausible tale about how the early books of the Bible were written, providing a means for the reader to enter that ancient world in which the stories from Adam to Ahab were recorded. Then, synthesizing the works of nearly 50 outstanding scholars in the fields of biblical studies and archeology, Fred Stitt presents the scholarly consensus on the history and myth ...

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Overview

This book examines the origins of the Old Testament, one of the foundation stones of Western Civilization. Adam to Ahab begins with a fictitious but plausible tale about how the early books of the Bible were written, providing a means for the reader to enter that ancient world in which the stories from Adam to Ahab were recorded. Then, synthesizing the works of nearly 50 outstanding scholars in the fields of biblical studies and archeology, Fred Stitt presents the scholarly consensus on the history and myth regarding the events that occurred prior to 587-586 BCE, before the destruction of the First Temple.

"...shows a remarkable grasp of the current consensus of biblical scholarship, and expresses it in a concise way."— J. Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Yale University

"The result is succinct and no-nonsense, yet delivered with a calm clarity and at times an utter delight...."—Richard A. Rosengarten, Dean, The University of Chicago Divinity School

"I read your chapter on Jonah and Nahum and was tremendously impressed...so well presented, clear, straight-forward and very solid...a fine contribution."—Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Senior Scholar, North Shore Congregation Isr'l in Glencoe, Illinois

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What People Are Saying

John J. Collins
"Fred Stitt shows a remarkable grasp of the current consensus of biblical scholarship, and expresses it in a concise way."
Professor of Old Testament, Yale University
Herbert Bronstein
"I read your chapter on Jonah and Nahum and was tremendously impressed...so well presented, clear, straight-forward and very solid...a fine contribution."
Senior Scholar, North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois
Richard A. Rosengarten
"The result is succinct and no-nonsense, yet delivered with a calm clarity and at times an utter delight."
Dean, The University of Chicago Divinity School
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788528
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface A Plausible Fiction Masquerading as History Introduction Chapter 1: Jonah and Nahum: Myth and History Chapter 2: The Documentary Hypothesis Chapter 3: Creation Chapter 4: Origin of the Israelites in JudeaChapter 5: The Deuteronomist vs Ahab: I Kings Epilogue

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