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A Brief History Of Ancient Israel / Edition 1

A Brief History Of Ancient Israel / Edition 1

by Victor H. Matthews
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ISBN-13: 9780664224363
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 07/23/2009
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 544,095
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
1The Ancestral Narratives: A Sea of Names and Places1
Tales of Origins and Heroes2
The Ancestral Narratives3
Precedents and Constitutional Experiences in the Ancestral Narratives5
Covenant Making5
Abram/Abraham Builds an Altar6
Abraham Purchases His Family Burial Plot6
Jacob Obtains the Covenantal Blessing7
Jacob Makes a Treaty with Laban8
The Israelites Move to the Delta Region of Lower Egypt (Goshen)9
Dealing with the Wealth of Names9
2Exodus and Settlement Period15
Putting the Story Together17
Superpower Politics and Diplomacy17
Aids to Chronology and Historical Reconstruction23
Archaeological Data30
Precedents Important for Later History33
3Early Monarchy Period (ca. 1030-900 B.C.E.)35
Judges Period as a Political Transition35
Saul and the Establishment of a Chiefdom39
David and the Kingdom of Israel41
Solomon and the Organization of a Monarchy45
Reconstruction of the Tenth-Century Monarchy47
Precedents Formed in the Early Monarchic Narrative49
4Period of the Divided Kingdom (ca. 925-586 B.C.E.)53
Extrabiblical Sources and Historicity55
Division of the Kingdom55
Jeroboam's Sin and the Pattern of Leadership in Israel60
Dynastic Changes in the Northern Kingdom63
The Household of Omri65
The Eighth Century and the Mounting Assyrian Threat70
5Judah Stands Alone (ca. 720-586 B.C.E.)77
Hezekiah's Reform80
The Last Days of Judah85
Josiah, Reform, and Disaster88
The Last Kings of Judah94
6From Exile to Alexander (ca. 597-322 B.C.E.)101
Aftermath of 587104
Those Who Remained Behind104
Those Taken into Exile105
Restoration Period112
Those Who Returned113
The Role of Ezra and Nehemiah119
Alexander of Macedon and the Beginning of the Hellenistic Age125
Major Events During the Monarchy Period129
Index of Ancient Sources157
Author Index163
Subject Index167

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