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The Emergence of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries B.C.E.
Fritz, Volkmar
Barker, James W., translator

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xviii + 268. $32.95

Series Information
Biblical Encyclopedia, 2

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Description: According to the biblical image of Israelís history, the time before the Israelite state can be divided into two periods: the conquest and division of the land (Joshua) and Israelís self-preservation against various enemies in the now-occupied land (Judges). The description of both eras is, to be sure, largely fictitious, since the traditions recorded in these books emerged only during the period of the monarchy. However, the basic kernel of the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) is an authentic text from this period, and in it we discover that, in the eleventh century, ten tribes settled in the region and resisted Canaanite power claims. According to archaeological findings, although some Canaanite cities continued to exist in the eleventh century, the land was largely populated by new people in small nearby towns in which the material culture of the Canaanites was taken over. By carefully separating fact from fiction, Fritz offers an insightful and enlightening depiction of this seminal period of Israelís history.

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

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Review by Pekka Pitkanen
Published 8/7/2014
Citation: Pekka Pitkanen, review of Volkmar Fritz, The Emergence of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries B.C.E., Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Lester L. Grabbe
Published 4/10/2015
Citation: Lester L. Grabbe, review of Volkmar Fritz, The Emergence of Israel in the Twelfth and Eleventh Centuries B.C.E., Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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