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Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History--Ancient and Modern

Memories of Ancient Israel An Introduction to Biblical History Ancient and Modern Recent years have seen an explosion of writing on the history of Israel prompted largely by definitive archaeological surveys and attempts to write a genuine archaeological history of ancient Israel

  • Title: Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History--Ancient and Modern
  • Author: Philip R. Davies
  • ISBN: 9780664232887
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Recent years have seen an explosion of writing on the history of Israel, prompted largely by definitive archaeological surveys and attempts to write a genuine archaeological history of ancient Israel and Judah The scholarly world has also witnessed an intense confrontation between so called minimalists and maximalists over the correct approach to the historicity of the BiRecent years have seen an explosion of writing on the history of Israel, prompted largely by definitive archaeological surveys and attempts to write a genuine archaeological history of ancient Israel and Judah The scholarly world has also witnessed an intense confrontation between so called minimalists and maximalists over the correct approach to the historicity of the Bible Memories of Ancient Israel looks at the issues at stake in biblical history the ideologies involved, the changing role of archaeology, and the influence of cultural contexts both ancient and modern Philip Davies suggests a different way of defining the problem of reliability and historicity by employing the theory of cultural memory In doing so, he provides a better explanation of how ancient societies constructed their past but also a penetrating insight into the ideological underpinnings of today s scholarly debates.

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    1 thought on “Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History--Ancient and Modern

    1. This book did exactly what it was supposed to do. I reckon my only criticism is that it is only an introduction and I longed for more explanation. That's ok though; Davies has written other books for me to explore. I thought that perhaps the next to the last chapter would have worked better as the first chapter and I would recommend to others that they take a few minutes to read it first; skipping the sections where Davies reviews four "maximalist" books.

    2. I really wanted to like this book: I've appreciated much of Davies' other work, and was excited for a book-length treatment of memory RE Ancient Israel. I should have attended more closely to the subtitle--this is basically a book about tjhe possibilities and limits of biblical history. Memory appears primarily as a foil for "real history"

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