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Grounded in the latest archeological developments, Victor Matthews's A Brief History of Ancient Israel presents a concise history of Israel covering the ancestral period, conquest and settlement, the monarchy, and both the exilic and postexilic periods. Using supplemental figures and insets, the author concentrates on providing a cogent and condensed discussion of events. He examines historical geography, archaeological data, and, where relevant, comparative cultural materials from other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. With an accessible yet high-quality introduction, A Brief History of Ancient Israel will be of immense value to both students of the Old Testament and the scholars who teach them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664224363
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,138,871
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor H. Matthews is Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of Untold Stories of the Bible, The Old Testament: Text and Context, and The Social World of Ancient Israel.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 The Ancestral Narratives: A Sea of Names and Places 1
Tales of Origins and Heroes 2
The Ancestral Narratives 3
Precedents and Constitutional Experiences in the Ancestral Narratives 5
Dealing With the Wealth of Names 9
Conclusions 13
2 Exodus and Settlement Period 15
Putting the Story Together 17
Archaeological Data 30
Precedents Important for Later History 33
3 Early Monarchy Period (ca. 1030-900 B.C.E.) 35
Judges Period as a Political Transition 35
Saul and the Establishment of a Chiefdom 39
David and the Kingdom of Israel 41
Solomon and the Organization of a Monarchy 45
Reconstruction of the Tenth-Century Monarchy 47
Precedents Formed in the Early Monarchic Narrative 49
4 Period of the Divided Kingdom (ca. 925-586 B.C.E.) 53
Extrabiblical Sources and Historicity 55
Division of the Kingdom 55
Jeroboam's Sin and the Pattern of Leadership in Israel 60
Dynastic Changes in the Northern Kingdom 63
5 Judah Stands Alone (ca. 720-586 B.C.E.) 77
Hezekiah's Reform 80
The Last Days of Judah 85
Josiah, Reform, and Disaster 88
The Last Kings of Judah 94
6 From Exile to Alexander (ca. 597-322 B.C.E.) 101
Aftermath of 587 104
Restoration Period 112
Alexander of Macedon and the Beginning of the Hellenistic Age 125
Major Events During the Monarchy Period 129
Glossary 131
Bibliography 137
Index of Ancient Sources 157
Author Index 163
Subject Index 167
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