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Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman, well-respected scholars all, have extensively updated this book for its second edition. Apparently, the first edition raised the dander of the extreme left side of scholarship. There’s even an appendix that you might want to read first called “In Praise of Critical Thought” that addresses the misunderstandings and over-the-top criticisms leveled at the first edition. To my mind, some of these criticisms were so absurd that trying to answer them
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Therefore when we decide to ignore our history we lose our sense of identity. For Christian’s that sense of identity can be found in Christ as part of the family of God. Now the family of God is the nation of Israel, not physical Israel but spiritual Israel, therefore all Christian must know the history of their family, and the way to do so is by studying the narratives in the Old Testament...
An interesting and thought-provoking book in the arena of both the modernist disdain for the reliability of the biblical texts as a source for doing history, and the postmodern skepticism to the possibility of reaching/revisiting the past. For many people, the first chapters seem quite long and tedious (just like reading N. T. Wright's "The NT and the People of God"). They are, however, the whole apologetic argument for the possibility of history that most conservatives are not developing. The v...
Once the book actually starts reviewing the Biblical History of Israel, I found it a lot more interesting. The first 155 pages focus on justifying why historians should use the Biblical testimony when dissecting Israel's history. While I understand that that is a very important subject and the assault from skeptics on the text has been heavy, just one chapter (instead of three 50 + page chapters) may have been sufficient. Other than that this an essential book for the student of the Bible to put...
Excellent book that integrates historical-critical methods with the latest archaeological research while giving serious attention to the testimony of Scripture in order to form a highly readable overview of the history of ancient Israel. Also, the authors are super-punchy and do not suffer the fools who dismiss their methods on purely ideological grounds at all. Read the appendix for a rocking good time.
I am not a history or archaeology person. I had to read this. That said, I appreciated what it said and the topics it undertook. But this was way too academic for my cup of tea and was tough to read through. For anyone who is into these topics, it may be more of an exciting read.
This book contains a great amount of information regarding Israel and the Old Testament. Tough to read at times, but deep and academic.
Absolutely brilliant. Incredible biblical history apologetics the first 100 pages. Great history of Israel for the balance. Incredible book.
A Biblical History of Israel by Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III has been a useful and well-respected textbook for over a decade. It has been received with both praise and criticism for its unapologetic approach in the reconstruction of Israel by scholars and students alike, but the former has always seemed outweighed the latter. Now, significantly revised and updated, this second edition of A Biblical History of Israel proves to be more refined and useful than ever. If the
History is important. I know that many of us do not have fond memories of history class or for that matter the history teacher droning on for what seemed like an eternity about some minute point of days gone by. However unfortunate your experience with history class might have been, that does not negate the importance of understanding our past. This is especially true when it comes to engaging Scripture. Given the events recorded in the Bible are actual history, it goes without saying that if we...
Chapter 1: The Death of Biblical History?K.W. Whitelam makes claims that biblical history is no longer viable, must move on to Palestinian history. The authors take to task this claim.First chapter essentially sets stage for the rest of the book. Authors are trying to revive biblical history while also challenging the presuppositions, biases, and methods of contemporary historiography of biblical history.I found this chapter kind of boring. Also seems to assume you are familiar with the field.Ch...
A Biblical History of Israel by Provan, Long & Longman IIIThis is a very good history of Israel from Biblical and scientific perspectives. The first part of the book deals with historiography and why the authors state that K. Whitelam’s contentions that “Biblical history is dead” and “…little evidence exists that this “Israel” is anything other than a literary fiction.” are quite wrong. While the authors do an excellent job supporting their premise that Biblical history is not dead and what was
I read a biblical history of Israel, in exchange for review from Edelweiss. The book was written by Iain Provan, V. Phillips Long, and Tremper Longman III. The book was published by Westminster John Knox Press. I chose this book because I read Israel at War for review and was confused. A lot of the information mentioned was new to me. I chose this book because it discusses the history of Israel versus the wars between Israel and other Arabian countries. The book is written from an academic, rese...
I'm of two minds. I liked their work with the theory of how to write history (pushing back against supposedly scientific methods.) But I was a bit disappointed with the actual history. I was hoping to really get a nice picture that put the puzzle pieces together for me. Instead, it was so engaged with the nature of history that the history itself didn't really come to life. For many, the book will be worth reading for the theory alone. But for those that just want the history to come alive this
Modern histories of Israel refuse to use the Bible. Provan rejects this modern notion and grounds the history of Israel in the Scriptures with a careful reading of the text along with a careful consideration of archeology and extra-biblical resources.
Not the most gripping, but well-written. Robust defense of the Bible's historical testimony in light of today's scholarly (unfounded) skepticism.
Probably the most balanced history of Israel I've read yet. Sound, logical, fair, but most of all inspiring.
Overwritten, repetitive, boring
An in-depth evangelical look at the historiography issues that many of today's scholars use to argue the fallibility and errancy of scripture.