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Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction (K L Noll) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2002) 9781841273181
Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction (K L Noll) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2002) 9781841273181
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Title: Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction

Author: Noll, K L

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781841273181

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.

Contents

List of Figures

Abbreviations

Preface

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?

Conclusion

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

Postscript

Index of References

Index of Subjects

Index of Modern Authors
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