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Title: Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction
Author: Noll, K L
Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9781841272580
Volumes: 1; Pages: 331
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This unusually comprehensive textbook represents the most recent approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes from Palaeolithic to Roman eras. Designed for beginners with little knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and charts, it explains how and why academic study of the past is undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient Near Eastern texts.
List of Figures
Ch. 1 Canaan and Israel: An Overview
Ch. 2 What is 'History'?
Differing Conceptions of 'History'
What is a Genre?
Three Genres of History
Tools for the Study of the Ancient Past
Ch. 3 What was 'History' in the Perception of the Ancients?
The Practice of Ancient Historia
The Rhetoric of Authority in Ancient Historia
The 'Truth' in Ancient Historia
Is the Bible an Example of Ancient Historia?
A Test Case: Establishing the Dates of the Exodus and Conquest
Ch. 4 Prior to the Late Bronze Age
In the Beginning ...
Palestine in the Mesolithic Era (18000-8000 B.C.E.)
The Neolithic Era (8000-4500 B.C.E.)
The Chalcolithic Era (4500-3500 B.C.E.)
Syria-Palestine's Neighbors During the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (3500-2000 and 2000-1550 B.C.E.)
Syria-Palestine During the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (3500-2000 and 2000-1550 B.C.E.)
Ch. 5 The Late Bronze Age
Setting the Scene: Three Competing Powers
The Wars of Empire (Sixteenth-Thirteenth Centuries B.C.E.)
Daily Life in the Late Bronze Age (1550-1200 B.C.E.)
'Israel' on the Merneptah Stela
Mesopotamia in the Late Bronze Age (1550-1200 B.C.E.)
Henotheism, Monotheism and Polytheism: Varieties of Royal Theology in the Ancient World
Ch. 6 The Iron Age I
What is an Ancient Ethnic Group and How is It to be Found?
Seeking the Philistines in Canaan's Material Culture
Seeking the Israelites in Canaan's Material Culture
The Highlands of Palestine During the Iron Age I
Life in the Iron Age I Highland Villages
Ch. 7 The Tenth Century B.C.E.
The Case for a United Monarchy
The Case against a United Monarchy
Ch. 8 The Iron Age II
The Political Economy of Palestine in the Iron Age II
Patron-Client Relationships in Iron Age I and Iron Age II
Mesopotamia in the Iron Age II
The Monarchy of Israel in the Iron Age II
The Monarchy of Judah in the Iron Age II
The Modern Theories Concerning King Josiah of Judah
Ch. 9 The Religions of Canaan: A Short Tour
What is a Myth? What is Mythology?
The Gods of Ancient Canaan
The Rise of Yahweh as Israel's High God
Religion at Three Levels of Society
What was Prophecy?
Ch. 10 After the Iron Age II
Babylonian Period (586-539 B.C.E.)
Cyrus the Great, Messiah of Yahweh
The Persian Empire (539-331 B.C.E.)
The History of Yehud (Persian-Era Judah)
The Varieties of Judaisms During the Persian Era
The Hellenistic Era (332-63 B.C.E.)
The Roman Period (From 63 B.C.E.)
The Emergence of the Bible
Index of References
Index of Subjects
Index of Modern Authors