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For over a decade, "A Biblical History of Israel" has gathered praise and criticism for its unapologetic approach to reconstructing the historical landscape of ancient Israel through a biblical lens. In this much-anticipated second edition, the authors reassert that the Old Testament should be taken seriously as a historical document alongside other literary and archaeologFor over a decade, "A Biblical History of Israel" has gathered praise and criticism for its unapologetic approach to reconstructing the historical landscape of ancient Israel through a biblical lens. In this much-anticipated second edition, the authors reassert that the Old Testament should be taken seriously as a historical document alongside other literary and archaeological sources.Significantly revised and updated, "A Biblical History of Israel, Second Edition" is prefaced with the authors' direct response to critics. In part 1, the authors review scholarly approaches to the historiography of ancient Israel and negate arguments against using the Bible as a primary source. In part 2, they outline a history of ancient Israel from 2000 to 400 BCE by integrating both biblical and extra-biblical sources. The second edition includes updated archaeological data and new references. The text also provides four maps and fourteen tables as useful references for students....

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A Biblical History of Israel, Second Edition Reviews

  • Daniel Supimpa
    2019-04-08 08:26

    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 value in the work of Provan, Long and Longman, in my view, lies in their deep defence of the possibility of doing history based on testimony (here, they depend a lot on the philosophical work of Coady).There is a negative point, that is the arbitrary initial point in Abraham, with the assumption that what comes before it cannot be accessed as a historical testimony. Somehow, it feels that the authors repeated the criticized attitude of Soggin and Miller/Hayes.I highly recommend it.

  • Gregory Johnston
    2019-03-26 11:41

    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 the history of Israel in proper context.

  • John Kight
    2019-04-20 06:21

    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 reader is familiar with the previous edition of the book, the content, and organization of this second edition is largely the same as before. In part one, the authors provide a helpful review of the various scholarly approaches to the historiography of ancient Israel and argue against the minimalist consensus that seeks to negate the use of the Bible as a primary source for such task. This section constructs a needed framework for the conversation and provides the reader with a useful introduction to the issues surrounding historiography and ancient Israel. In part two, the authors shape a history of ancient Israel from the time of Abraham to the Persian Period (2000 to 400 BCE) by integrating biblical sources, extrabiblical sources, and a number of relevant archaeological discoveries. In regards to the latter, the second edition has been thoroughly updated to concur with the most recent archaeological data and discoveries over the past decade, as well as new references have been added and updated. This section has and continues to be a helpful reference for the reader. It is well-documented throughout, clearly stated, convincingly argued, and judiciously presented. Additionally, in this second edition of the book, the authors have intentionally sought to address a large array of criticism against the effort of the first edition. This interaction is witnessed throughout the book and makes for a more engaging read that is certain be enjoyed by readers of all persuasions. The authors have also included a designated appendix that is aimed more specifically at the criticism against the first edition, and the attentive reader is sure to find this level of interaction helpful. In total, there is approximately 60 pages of additional material, as well as the inclusion of a number of maps and charts for the reader’s use. A Biblical History of Israel has been a useful and respected resource since first being published in 2003. This second edition has been clearly built upon a solid foundation. As expected, much of the content and organization that made the first edition successful has remained, but with this second edition, the reader has been provided a thoroughly revised, updated, and refined engagement with issues related to the history of ancient Israel. Add the intentional effort of the authors to interact with the criticism of the first edition and you have a recipe for a must-have and up-to-date volume for biblical studies enthusiasts everywhere. I received a review copy of these books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Michael Boling
    2019-04-14 03:22

    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 are to be able to have a proper framework for the flow of biblical history, then we need to be students of history.Of course it is always helpful when a quality book comes along that helps guide your efforts. One helpful book that focuses on biblical history is A Biblical History of Israel: Second Edition by Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III. Now this is admittedly a scholarly book through and through. The authors are noted experts in matters related to the Old Testament and it shows in the information provided in this book. The reader is walked through the entire spectrum of biblical history as it relates to Israel, starting with the period of the patriarchs and ending with the post-exilic period with a brief interaction with the intertestmental period. There is a veritable plethora of information to read in this book. In fact, I would argue it is a text not really meant to be read cover to cover, but rather to be accessed as needed when the reader needs to obtain information about a particular time period of the biblical history of Israel. To sit and read this book cover to cover would take one a great deal of time and I believe would actually detract from its intended purpose, namely that of a reference tool. What a reference tool this is by the way as it is full of scholarly insight, helpful maps, tables, and footnotes. Please do not overlook the footnotes as they provide an even larger means by which to further your study of the biblical history of Israel. The authors pose the question as the outset of this book as to whether biblical history is dead as a subject matter. The answer thankfully is a resounding no due in part to excellent resources such as this book. I highly recommend this book for those in Bible College and Seminary especially and quite frankly, I recommend it for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of history as it relates to the Old Testament. You will find yourself presented with a great deal of information to absorb, but it is quality, salient, and important information that will go a long way to helping you grow in your understanding of the events that take place in the Old Testament period.I received this book for free from Westminster John Knox Press and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Eric Chappell
    2019-04-14 08:39

    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.Chapter 2: Knowing & Believing--Faith in the PastAuthors take to task T.L. Thompson's idea that we can no longer hold as fact the idea of "ancient Israel"--it's merely a Jewish fiction.This chapter stresses the important of testimony in our knowledge of the past. Testimony is "storytelling." Therefore, interpretation is unavoidable. It contains ideology, narrative structure, and rhetoric. What is commonly referred to as "knowledge of the past" is really "faith in testimony." Authors acknowledge that there is no neutrality in theory-making, i.e. "value-free academic endeavor does not exist" (39).Survey of the philosophy of history of J.G. Droysen, Dilthey, and Windelband."Philosophy and tradition necessarily set the parameters for all thinking about the world with which human beings engage" (43). Probably more accurate to say that 'religion' sets the parameters. Three responses to this claim: (1) intellectual ostrich, stick head in sand, (2) postmodern--emphasize subjectivity and relativity of history, (3) embrace the implications and balance subjectivity and objectivity.Thomas Reid quote on testimony."History, it turns out, is indeed, fundamentally, 'the believing of someone else when that person says that he remembers something'; or to put it more accurately, history is the openness to acceptance of accounts from the past that enshrine such people's memories" (46).Historians should approach texts with 'epistemological openness' (48)"Historiography is ideological narrative about the past that involves, among other things, the selection of material and its interpretation by authors who are intent on persuading themselves or their readership of certain truths about the past" (49).Authors making awesome claims that there is no such thing as "pre-critical thinking." The claim to be a critical thinker is always haunted by blind faith in relation to one's own tradition and selective skepticism in relation to everything else.Chapter 3: Knowing about the History of IsraelWhy should we adopt a verification over a falsification principle? Why should the onus be on the texts to "prove" themselves valuable in respect of history? (55)."Method that holds verification to be centrally..." (56)

  • Stacie Wyatt
    2019-03-31 03:33

    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, research perspective. You really have to read it carefully to understand the book--otherwise, you will miss something. This is not a quick, easy read. This book is meant to be studied.

  • Pastor Ben
    2019-03-25 09:39

    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 book probably isn't what you want.

  • Leandro Guimarães
    2019-04-23 04:37

    Four hundred pages. Ðe last hundred are endnotes, very informative & intereſtiŋ ones; ðe firſt hundred or ſo, an extenſive diſcußion on ðe hiſtoriography of ðe Hiſtory of Biblical Iſrael; ðe core two hundred is a very intereſting Hiſtory of Biblical Iſrael wiþ a keen eye on critical (& oðerwiſe) hiſtoriography.

  • Christopher Chelpka
    2019-04-24 05:42

    A dense, academic volume that surveys ancient Israel's history while dealing with historiography issues throughout. This book demonstrates the historical reliability of the Bible through a careful reading of the Scripture as well as extra-biblical historical sources.An updated edition is now available.

  • Ian Hammond
    2019-04-21 07:38

    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.

  • Dean
    2019-04-11 11:34

    Not the most gripping, but well-written. Robust defense of the Bible's historical testimony in light of today's scholarly (unfounded) skepticism.

  • Jerome
    2019-04-02 08:43

    Probably the most balanced history of Israel I've read yet. Sound, logical, fair, but most of all inspiring.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-25 08:28

    Overwritten, repetitive, boring

  • Eric
    2019-04-02 10:15

    An in-depth evangelical look at the historiography issues that many of today's scholars use to argue the fallibility and errancy of scripture.