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The history of ancient Israel

Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1984.
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"Just as it seems more plausible to suppose that Moses existed than to believe that he did not, so, too, it is hard to believe that all the mass of religious institutions ascribed to Moses was really the work of other men, the anonymous product, that is to say, of natural, gradual growth over a period of centuries. After all, Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha and Jesus were historical figures, despite the legends attached  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grant, Michael, 1914-2004.
History of ancient Israel.
New York : Scribner, c1984
(OCoLC)646531471
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Grant
ISBN: 0684180812 9780684180816 0684180847 9780684180847
OCLC Number: 10483938
Description: ix, 317 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The land of Canaan. Forerunners and origins ; The Canaanites --
From Abraham to the judges. The patriarchs ; Moses ; Conquest and settlement --
The united kingdom. The Philistines, Samuel and Saul ; David ; Solomon ; The invention of history --
The divided kingdoms. The northern monarchy : Israel ; Northern prophecy and history ; The southern monarchy : Judah ; Southern legend and prophecy --
Babylonian and Persian rule. Prophecy and history in the dispersion ; The climax of Hebrew thought ; The new Judaism --
Greek rule and liberation. Life and thought under the Greeks ; Independence regained --
Roman dependency. Herod the Great ; The road to rebellion.
Responsibility: Michael Grant.

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"Just as it seems more plausible to suppose that Moses existed than to believe that he did not, so, too, it is hard to believe that all the mass of religious institutions ascribed to Moses was really the work of other men, the anonymous product, that is to say, of natural, gradual growth over a period of centuries. After all, Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha and Jesus were historical figures, despite the legends attached to their names. And the Mosaic religion contained astonishing novelities, which look as though they reflect the thought of one single, decisive individual.

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