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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2012
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
K L Noll
|Description:||1 online resource (320 pages)|
|Contents:||FC; Half title; Title; Copyright; List of Figures; Abbreviations; Preface; Chapter 1: Canaan and Israel: An Overview; Introduction; What's in a Name?; The Geography of the Ancient Near East and Canaan; Chronology of Ancient Canaan; A Word about the Bible; Chapter 2: What is 'History'?; Introduction; Differing Definitions of 'History'; Three Types of Academic History; Tools for Study of the Ancient Past; Chapter 3: What was History in the Perception of the Ancients?; Introduction; The Practice of Ancient Historia; The Rhetoric of Authority in Ancient Historia; The 'Truth' in Ancient Historia. Does the Bible Construct a Past? Is the Bible a History?A Test Case: Establishing the Dates of the Exodus and the Conquest; Chapter 4: Prior to the Iron Age; Introduction; In the Beginning . . .; The Lithic Eras (Prior to 3500 bce); Mesopotamia and Egypt in the Bronze Age; Canaan in the Bronze Age (3500-1550 bce); The Late Bronze Age (1550-1150 bce); The Egyptian New Kingdom and the Wars of Empire; Daily Canaanite Life in the Late Bronze Age (1550-1150 bce); 'Israel' on the Merneptah Stela; Chapter 5: The Iron Age I; Introduction; What Is an Ancient Ethnic Group and How Is It to Be Found? Seeking the Philistines in Canaan's Material CultureWhen Did the Philistines Arrive in Canaan?; How Did the Philistines Arrive in Canaan?; Seeking the Israelites in Canaan's Material Culture; The Highlands of Palestine during the Iron Age I; Life in Highland Villages of the Iron Age I; Chapter 6: The Patron God in the Ancient Near East; Introduction; Patron-Client Relationships in the Ancient Near East; Divine Patronage: The Common Religion of the Ancient Near East; The Ethics of Divine Patronage; The Patron God, the Temple, the City, and the Sacrificial System. Chapter 7: The Transitional DecadesIntroduction; The Bible and the Tenth Century bce (the 900s bce); The Archaeological Case for a United Monarchy; The Case Against the United Monarchy Hypothesis; The Debate over High and Low Chronologies; Radiocarbon Dating and the New 'Middle' Chronology; Conclusion: Observations about the Transitional Decades (950-900 bce); Chapter 8: The Iron Age II; Introduction; General Overview of the Iron Age II; The Political Economy of Palestine in the Iron Age II; Neo-Assyria and Neo-Babylonia, the Mesopotamian Powers of Iron Age II. Canaanite Regional Powers in the Ninth Century bceThe City of Dan and an Aramaic Royal Inscription; King Hezekiah, King Josiah, and the Hypothesis of Temple Centralization; Conclusion; Chapter 9: Varieties of Religious Experience and Canaanite Gods; Introduction; Varieties of Religious Commitment in the Ancient World; Varieties of Canaanite Gods; Divine Immanence and Divine Transcendence; Divination: The Most Common Form of Divine Revelation; Prophecy: The Second Most Common Form of Divine Revelation; Prophets and Miracle Stories; Prophets and Visions of the Future; Conclusion.|
I found it to be highly readable and even entertaining. It is undoubtedly of value for any course on the religious traditions of the Bible, and contains many excellent examples of the difficulty of