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How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?: A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study
Hendel, Ronald and Jan Joosten

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018 pp. xvi + 221. $45.00

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Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library


Description: The age of the Hebrew Bible is a topic that has sparked controversy and debate in recent years. The scarcity of clear evidence allows for the possibility of many views, though these are often clouded by theological and political biases. This impressive, broad‑ranging book synthesizes recent linguistic, textual, and historical research to clarify the history of biblical literature, from its oldest texts and literary layers to its youngest. In clear, concise language, the authors provide a comprehensive overview that cuts across scholarly specialties to create a new standard for the historical study of the Bible. This much‑needed work paves the path forward to dating the Hebrew Bible and understanding crucial aspects of its historical and contemporary significance.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew, Northwest Semitic, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology

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Review by Richard Friedman
Published 10/10/2019
Citation: Richard Friedman, review of Ronald Hendel and Jan Joosten, How Old Is the Hebrew Bible? A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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