By John Day
In recent times definite 'revisionist' students have claimed that little should be recognized approximately pre-exilic Israel as the previous testomony was once compiled simply after the exile. This ebook argues that this is often an severe and untenable place, and that although the previous testomony was once certainly edited within the exilic and post-exilic classes, some of the underlying assets return to pre-exilic Israel and, while seriously analysed, can shed a lot gentle on that interval. This quantity surveys not just historiography but additionally quite a few points of what could be identified of pre-exilic prophecy, legislation, knowledge and psalmody. the sunshine shed by means of archaeology and historical close to japanese texts can be evaluated. this crucial paintings is the made from a powerful overseas workforce of seventeen famous students. the entire contributions, formerly unpublished, come up from papers brought to the Oxford previous testomony seminar.
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Ishida, Studies in the Period of David and Solomon and Other Essays (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns): 13-26. W. 2; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2nd edn). ET Joel and Amos (trans. W. Janzen, S. Dean McBride and Charles A. Muenchow; Hermeneia; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1977). Chapter 2 WAS THERE AN EXODUS? Graham Davies Only a generation ago this would have seemed an absurd question to ask. The patriarchs might be figures of folklore, the conquest of Canaan a gross exaggeration of the entry of semi-nomads into the land, but there surely must have been an Exodus!
This evidence might simply be valued, as it often is, as showing that the oppression of the Israelites in Exodus has some general plausibility because of the way in which foreign prisoners of war were utilized in the New Kingdom period. Its significance is sometimes dismissed on the ground that the Israelites entered Egypt of their own accord, seeking food, and were not prisoners of war. Can we be so sure? The historical link between the Exodus story and the Joseph story is not very tight: there is a long gap assumed during which the small family becomes a great people.
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