Biblical History of Israel
Provan, Iain; Long, V. Philips; Longman, Tremper
“A most welcome addition to the literature on Israelite history and historiography. The authors give fair and proper weight to diverse elements - biblical texts and ancient Near Eastern artifacts, both literary and material - in constructing their history, rejecting none out of hand and yet evaluating all of them judiciously. Their apologia for the endeavor is a masterpiece, and their conclusion that a thoughtful, informed history of Israel can indeed be written is sound. This is such a history.”See All
David M. Howard
Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary
Long, Provan, and Longman are the most talented trio in the last fifty years to turn their attention to recounting the history of Israel. The result is a wonderfully readable, sophisticated, and synthetic treatment that will appeal to professional and lay audiences alike.”See All
Professor of Ancient History and Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania State University
“Although not everyone will agree with this 'maximalist' history of ancient Israel, I cannot imagine a more honest, more comprehensive, better documented effort from a conservative perspective. For more than a decade now radical revisionists have claimed that a history of ancient or biblical Israel can no longer be written and that historians can be either critical or confessional, but not both. A Biblical History proves the revisionists wrong on both counts.”See All
William G. Dever
Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Arizona
“A sober, disciplined, well-reasoned response to the so-called minimalists who have dominated recent discussion of the history of ancient Israel. A Biblical History correctly insists that the 'historical reliability' of ancient texts largely depends on which testimonies to trust. The consequence is that the skepticism that has long dominated Old Testament discussion can no longer claim a privileged position - either epistemologically or morally - but in fact is an ideological advocacy. This book will need to be taken seriously and will be welcomed by all those who engage such issues of the historicity of the biblical text.”See All
William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
In this much-anticipated textbook, three respected biblical scholars have written a history of ancient Israel that takes the biblical text seriously as an historical document. While also considering nonbiblical sources and being attentive to what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology suggest about the past, Provan, Long, and Longman do so within the context and paradigm of the Old Testament canon, which is held as the primary document for reconstructing Israel's history.
In Part 1, the authors set the volume in context and review past and current scholarly debate about learning Israel's history, negating arguments against using the Bible as the central source. In Part 2, they seek to retell the history itself with an eye to all the factors explored in Part 1.
About the Author
Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
V. Philips Long is Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.