Ancient Israel Paperback

A New History of Israel

by Niels Peter Lemche;

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Ancient Israel

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When this provocative text was first published, Lemche presented a new model of how we should understand Israelite society, its history and its religion. Lemche argues first that 'Israel' was the result of a social development among the Canaanite population of Palestine in the second half of the second millennium BCE. This implies that Israelite religion was originally 'Canaanite' and that what we think of as typically 'Jewish' religion did not arise until c. 500 BCE. Lemche's radical reassessment of Israelite history is based on the conviction that the Old Testament contains hardly any historical sources older than the seventh century BCE. The early history of Israel must therefore be reconstructed from archaeological results and non-biblical evidence, not from the Old Testament. In this new edition Lemche provides an extensive new introduction and bibliography, considering how the field has developed since the work first appeared.

Ancient Israel by Niels Peter Lemche was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in November 2015. The ISBN for Ancient Israel is 9780567662781.

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Details for Ancient Israel

Page last updated 8th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (November 2015)
Edition2nd Revised edition
Number of Pages296
Thickness20 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4322799
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