Biblical Narrative and Palestine's History: Changing Perspectives 2
Thompson, Thomas L.
Sheffield, England: Equinox, 2013 pp. xvi + 352. £65
Copenhagen International Seminar
Description: Modern biblical scholarshipís commitment to the historical-critical method in its efforts to write a history of Israel has created the central and unavoidable problem of writing an objective and critical history of Palestine through the biblical literature with the methods of Biblical Archaeology. Biblical Narrative and Palestineís History brings together key essays on historical method and the archaeology and history of Palestine.
The essays employ comparative and formalistic techniques to illuminate the allegorical and mythical in Old Testament narrative traditions from Genesis to Nehemiah. In so doing, the volume presents a detailed review of central and radical changes in both our understanding of biblical traditions and the archaeology and history of Palestine. The study offers an analysis of Biblical narrative as rooted in ancient Near Eastern literature since the Bronze Age.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology, History of Interpretation
Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Thomas L. Thompson, Biblical Narrative and Palestine's History: Changing Perspectives 2, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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