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This is the most interesting book I've read all year. It's an attempt to tell the story of the Jews from the earliest times to the Maccabean revolt using the Bible, archaeology and the general history of the area. In the absence of other evidence – or common sense – Bright defaults to the Bible (using a critical approach).The danger with this, of course, is that new facts emerge from the ground all the time. Even I, with my very sketchy knowledge of the period noticed a few points where more rec...
This is quite old and I read the 1972 second edition - I expected more. There is at least a certain value in this work, but the issues are many. Really Bright is an Old Testament academic, of his academic era, with overall insufficiently broad enough knowledge to properly do his topic justice. Ironically the best part of the book is the patriarchal section (from Abraham, with the direct ancestors of Israel rather than the whole Old Testament history ) where there is very little actual historical...
As a young eager Theological College student raised in a conservative Christian church I trembled as I read Bright for the first time because he challenged everything I knew about the times and dates of the history of Israel from my Sunday School lessons and the wispy nature of the teaching by child and youth workers. About ten years ago I picked it up and it was like reading the newspaper. I love it and recommend it to a serious Bible reader. it would be particularly useful to read it before to...
I really enjoyed this journey through the Old Testament from Abraham to the War of the Maccabees. I found it fascinating to put various stages of Israel's existence and particular players in the context of what was going on in the rest of the world. Lots of conclusions drawn from archeological evidence. I imagine this is probably used as a college textbook, so I'm not likely to read from cover to cover again, but it's definitely a good reference book to go back to when reading an Old Testament s...
One of the great histories from a biblical scholar. Recommended over Philip Johnson's popular account which lacks detail from textual criticism.
I picked up this, Bright's most popular book, at the Union Theological Seminary bookstore (an excellent place at the time!). Of course I didn't get around to actually reading the thing until years later, but by then it was a good refresher since it had been so long since I'd taken a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and the history corresponding to them.
I wanted a comprehensive HISTORY of ancient Israel. The author has a little too much faith in the bible to accomplish this task. That, and he has several annoying writing habits ("we have seen," "We may suppose," "as we have seen," ... all in the same paragraph!) All that said, I think I'm just the wrong audience for what is otherwise a very handy synthesis of history and the bible.
A history of Israel (Westminster aids to the study of the Scriptures) by John Bright (?)
(2nd ed.) This is so comprehensive and so brilliant. A tad conservative in some places, but so very good. Indispensable.
The most useful history of Israel tracing through the Old Testament record and comparing and contrasting other cultures contemporary with historical Israel.
Has good information about wars, kings, battles, and conquence of Israel. It is not specifically my kind of book it is very much like a history textbook it has very good information and organization.
Solid reference resource.Bright, J. A History of Israel. 4th ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
Very dry. Very informative.
Call Number: 221.02 BRIAvailable.