The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible

The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible : History, Politics, and the Reinscribing of Tradition

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The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible undertakes a comprehensive re-evaluation of the Bible's primary narrative in Genesis through Kings as it relates to history. It divides the core textual traditions along political lines that reveal deeply contrasting assumptions, an approach that places biblical controversies in dialogue with anthropologically informed archaeology. Starting from close study of selected biblical texts, the work moves toward historical issues that may be illuminated by both this material and a larger range of textual evidence. The result is a synthesis that breaks away from conventional lines of debate in matters relating to ancient Israel and the Bible, setting an agenda for future engagement of these fields with wider study of antiquity.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139163035
  • 9781139163033

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'Fleming offers the reader an important discussion of methodology, insightful historical reconstructions, and arguments for the 'genuineness' of early biblical traditions. His approach ultimately represents what Richard Hess calls 'critical orthodoxy' in that both the biblical account and critical methodology are given equal footing. Fleming's mediation of differing interests in reconstructing an ancient Israel will likely spur on countless debates ...' Tad Blacketer, Stone-Campbell Journal
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Table of contents

Part I. Israel and Judah: 1. Why Israel?; 2. Israel without Judah; Part II. Israelite Content in the Bible: 3. Writing from Judah; 4. An association of peoples in the land (the book of Judges); 5. The family of Jacob; 6. Collective Israel and its kings; 7. Moses and the conquest of eastern Israel; 8. Joshua and Ai; 9. Benjamin; 10. Israelite writers on early Israel; Part III. Collaborative Politics: 11. Collaborative politics; 12. Outside the Near East; 13. The Amorite backdrop to ancient Israel; 14. Israel's Aramean contemporaries; Part IV. Israel in History: 15. The power of a name: ethnicity and political identity; 16. Before Israel; 17. Israel and Canaan in the 13th-10th centuries; 18. Israel and its kings; 19. Genuine (versus invented) tradition.
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