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Introduction: General Problems of Studying the Text of the Bible in Order to Reconstruct History and Social Background

Keith W. Whitelam

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Introduction: General Problems of Studying the Text of the Bible in Order to Reconstruct History and Social Background

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This chapter discusses the difficulty of reconstructing Israelite history and society by relying on the Hebrew Bible. Several factors contribute to the problem: the lack of agreement on the dating of biblical texts and a consequent lack of agreement on the social production of this literature and its reception, the increasing archaeological data, the impact of the social sciences on the study of the Bible, and the increasing influence of literary studies of biblical narratives.

Keywords: Israelite history; ancient Israel; Hebrew Bible

Chapter.  6117 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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