The History of Israel

James Barr

in History and Ideology in the Old Testament

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269878
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600401 | DOI:
 The History of Israel

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Older scholarship, though ‘critical’, commonly took it that the core narrative of the Old Testament, from David to the return from exile, was basically reliable as an historical source. Newer ‘revisionist’ scholarship disputes this: for it, this narrative has little or no contact with events that happened. Rather, it expresses the ideology of parties of a far later time and their quest for power. Archaeology, increasingly important, is appealed to from both sides. Traditional critical history stuck too closely to the Bible's point of view: true history should be not of Israel but of all the populations. There never was any ‘Ancient Israel’ , shaped as it is delineated in the Bible.

Keywords: Lemche; revisionism; Whitelam

Chapter.  19424 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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