Professor Israel Finkelstein, Archaeologist, Tel Aviv University: Professor Herzog is essentially correct. At the beginning of the present century, archaeology in the Land of Israel was carried out with a far more fundamentalistic approach Only at a later stage arose a more sober view and doubts about the reliability of the biblical account of the […]
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The purpose of this essay is to consider the present interpretations of the early period of Israel and to assess their likelihood in relation to the extrabiblical and biblical evidence. That a change has taken place concerning the evidence and its application is suggested by the opinions of two historians. The first reflects a view […]
There are two fundamental fallacies to this. The first lies in the nature of humanity and its relationship to the purpose of the study of history. Contrary to the views of some social engineers, humanity has not fundamentally changed throughout the past centuries of recorded history. It may have refined its understanding of aspects of […]
The factual background of the Exodus story is the most perplexing issue in biblical historical studies. On the one hand, the Exodus tradition is very old, and its status as the central Israelite foundation story finds remarkable expression in every genre of biblical literature. On the other hand, most scholars doubt the historicity of the […]
I would even go so far as to say historical error, is a crucial factor in the creation of a nation.
The land of Israel appeared after the conquest of Canaan and according to the Bible, which states that 480 years elapsed between the Exodus and Solomon’s 4th year (1Kings 6:1) when he began to build the temple (around 1000 BCE), this conquest had to occur around 1500 BCE. As the very name “Israel” appears for […]
Bill Arnold and Richard Hess: “Why We Wrote Ancient Israel’s History“ NOVEMBER 25, 2014 posted by MASON SLATER “Why We Wrote Ancient Israel’s History” by, Bill Arnold and Richard Hess. Ancient Israel’s History grows out of a need we noticed many years ago when we were students together at Hebrew Union College. We benefitted from […]