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In this much-anticipated textbook, 3 revered biblical students have written a background of historic Israel that takes the biblical textual content heavily as an ancient record. whereas additionally contemplating nonbiblical resources and taking note of what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology recommend in regards to the previous, the authors accomplish that in the context and paradigm of the previous testomony canon, that is held because the basic rfile for reconstructing Israel's heritage. partially One, the authors set the quantity in context and assessment prior and present scholarly debate approximately studying Israel's heritage, negating arguments opposed to utilizing the Bible because the primary resource. partially , they search to retell the heritage itself with a watch to the entire components explored partly One.
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76 Coherent argument vanishes in the process; all that remains is ideological warfare. 34 History, Historiography, and the Bible That some who have accurately perceived aspects of the illness that has thus so long affiicted the discipline of biblical history, having last seen the invalid in a parlous state, should have prematurely pronounced it dead is unsurprising. The unedifYing spectacle of scholars scrambling to outdo each other in pursuit of the critical holy grail-yet each, in the end, taking up positions indefensible from the point of view of the agreed rules of the critical game-is one from which many gentle souls might wish to turn their heads, assuming that death would quickly follow.
If the patient has only now entered a critical phase in the illness, perusal of the case notes indicates that the problems began long ago. Because an exhaustive account of all such previous histories, and indeed of all the ways in which these histories foreshadow our more recent exemplars, would consume an entire volume, we content ourselves with a discussion of arguably the main underlying trend that has produced the current crisis. We refer here to the general suspicion of tradition that has been such a feature of postEnlightenment thought generally and which has in differing degrees marked out the history of the history oflsrael in the same period.
If we are truly to appeal to archaeology as a means of verifYing the patriarchal tradition, then as Thompson and others have shown, archaeology offers little support of the kind that is necessary. " 41 If proof or even an increase in likelihood is sought from the archaeological data, then this conclusion is indeed true. We are left, then, with relatively late traditions that cannot be corroborated; some people even conclude that the datings of the Pentateuchal material known as JE produced by scholars like Wellhausen are now indefensible.