Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? is a collection of essays responding to the radical claims that Israel and its history actually began following the Babylonian exile, and that the history of Israel we read about in the Bible is a fictionalized account.
Contributors are leading Bible and archaeology scholars who bring extra-biblical evidence to bear for the historicity of the Old Testament and provide case studies of new work being done in the field of archaeology and Old Testament studies.
Daniel I. Block is the Gunther H. Knoedler professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and University of Liverpool and has lectured and preached in Russia, Denmark, and China. A prolific writer, Block’s previous books include the Judges, Ruth volume of B&H Publishing Group’s esteemed New American Commentary series.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements vii Abbreviations ix Israel-Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? Daniel I. Block 1 The Value and Limitations of the Bible and Archaeology Alan R. Millard 9 Contextual Criticism as a Framework for Biblical Interpretation John M. Monson 25 North-West Semitic Inscriptions and Biblical Interpretation Joel Drinkard 56 From Joseph to David: Mari and Israelite Pastoral Traditions Daniel E. Fleming 78 Major Geographical Issues in the Accounts of the Exodus James K. Hoffmeier 97 Slavery and Slave Laws in Ancient Hatti and Israel Harry A. Hoffner Jr. 130 Were the Israelites Really Canaanites? Alan R. Millard 156 Syria and the Bible: The Luwian Connection Richard S. Hess 169 David and Solomon's Jerusalem: Do the Bible and Archaeology Disagree? Alan R. Millard 185 Who Were Israel's Transjordanian Neighbors and How Did They Differ? Gerald L. Mattingly 201 Shalmaneser III and Israel K. Lawson Younger Jr. 225 Did the Israelites Really Learn Their Monotheism in Babylon? Simon J. Sherwin 257 Did Persian Zoroastrianism Influence Judaism? Edwin M. Yamauchi 282 Interpreting the Bible as an Ancient Near Eastern Document John H. Walton 298 Name Index 329 Subject Index 337 Scripture Index 342