By Iain Provan, Visit Amazon's V. Philips Long Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, V. Philips Long, , Tremper Longman III
In this much-anticipated textbook, 3 revered biblical students have written a heritage of old Israel that takes the biblical textual content heavily as an old record. whereas additionally contemplating nonbiblical resources and paying attention to what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology recommend in regards to the prior, the authors accomplish that in the context and paradigm of the previous testomony canon, that's held because the fundamental rfile for reconstructing Israel's historical past. partially One, the authors set the quantity in context and evaluation previous and present scholarly debate approximately studying Israel's historical past, negating arguments opposed to utilizing the Bible because the critical resource. partially , they search to retell the background itself with an eye fixed to all of the components explored partly One.
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For example, the mere fact (if this could somehow be established) that the original purpose of an ancient tradition was to explain the origin of things (that is, it was an etiology-a favored explanation of texts in Noth's writings) does not of itself lead logically to the conclusion that the explanation thus offered of the origin is unreliable. Nor does the secondary combination of traditions (if that is what the authors of the Hexateuch achieved) of itself imply that in the process of combination historical reality has been distorted.
Miller and Hayes and the History of Israel Leading elements in the approach adopted by Miller and Hayes to the biblical texts and to history are already open to view in their comments on the narrative in Genesis-Joshua. 22 Here they note the reflection of" ... certain historical perspectives that were popular in ancient times but are no longer in vogue and that raise questions about the material's credibility'' so far as history is concerned. 23 Miller and Hayes refer to the concept of a golden age as evidenced by the following items: • the early chapters of Genesis • the schematic chronology of the whole • the idea that divine activity and purpose are throughout considered to be the primary forces determining the shape and course of the historical process • the assumption that the origins of the various peoples of the world are to be understood in terms of simple lineal descent from a single ancestor or ancestral line • the presence in the narratives of traditional story motifs that had widespread currency in the ancient world Other aspects of the Genesis-Joshua narrative also cause difficulty: the implausibility of many of the numbers, the contradictory character of much of the information, the fact that much of the material is folkloric in origin, and that all of it owes its present shape to compilers who were not primarily concerned with objective reporting but with theological import.
The situation does not improve very much when still later periods oflsraelite history come under consideration. First and Second Samuel are said to reflect many of the same literary characteristics as Genesis-Judges. Thus, none of the materials in 1 Samuel can be taken at face value for the purposes of historical reconstruction. " 29 No justification is offered for this position, which is immediately hedged with qualifications concerning the nonverifiability of this "kernel" and the difficulty involved in identifYing it.
A Biblical History of Israel by Iain Provan, Visit Amazon's V. Philips Long Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, V. Philips Long, , Tremper Longman III