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A Biblical History of Israel
Provan, Iain, V. Philips Long and Tremper Longman III

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015 pp. xxv + 486.2nd Edition. $50.00


Description: For over a decade, A Biblical History of Israel has gathered praise and criticism for its unapologetic approach to reconstructing the historical landscape of ancient Israel through a biblical lens. In this much-anticipated second edition, the authors reassert that the Old Testament should be taken seriously as a historical document alongside other literary and archaeological sources. Significantly revised and updated, A Biblical History of Israel, Second Edition includes the authors' direct response to critics. In part 1, the authors review scholarly approaches to the historiography of ancient Israel and negate arguments against using the Bible as a primary source. In part 2, they outline a history of ancient Israel by integrating both biblical and extrabiblical sources. The second edition includes updated archaeological data and new references. The text also provides seven maps and fourteen tables as useful references for students.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Aren Maeir
Published 12/1/2016
Citation: Aren Maeir, review of Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III, A Biblical History of Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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