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The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel
Finkelstein, Israel and Amihai Mazar
Schmidt, Brian B., editor

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007 pp. x + 220. $24.95

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Description: Three decades of dialogue, discussion, and debate within the interrelated disciplines of Syro-Palestinian archaeology, ancient Israelite history, and Hebrew Bible over the question of the relevance of the biblical account for reconstructing early Israel’s history have created the need for a balanced articulation of the issues and their prospective resolutions. This book brings together for the first time and under one cover, a currently emerging “centrist” paradigm as articulated by two leading figures in the fields of early Israelite archaeology and history. Although Finkelstein and Mazar advocate distinct views of early Israel’s history, they nevertheless share the position that the material cultural data, the biblical traditions, and the ancient Near Eastern written sources are all significantly relevant to the historical quest for Iron Age Israel. The results of their research are featured in accessible, parallel syntheses of the historical reconstruction of early Israel that facilitate comparison and contrast of their respective interpretations. The historical essays presented here are based on invited lectures delivered in October of 2005 at the Sixth Biennial Colloquium of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Detroit, Michigan.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel


Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
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Published 5/16/2009
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar; Brian B. Schmidt, ed., The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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