By John R. Bartlett

Those are interesting instances for all these excited by the heritage of historic Israel, Judaism, and early Christianity, for the previous couple of a long time have noticeable an exceptional volume of scholarly paintings upon either textual and artifactual proof. a transparent figuring out of the connection among archaeology and literary fabric is essential for students who desire to reconstruct the background of rising Israel. The papers assembled during this ebook use the newest learn in key areas--the early settlements of Israel, early Israelite faith, Qumran, Jerusalem, early Christian churches--to exhibit that historic writings and glossy archaeology can light up one another, yet simply while used with specialist care. The essays characterize a brand new iteration of archaeologists and historians, with new social, political and spiritual matters who draw a clean and very important photograph of the emergence of historic Israel.

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Presumably the early Iron Age community that we have been describing, despite its Canaanite origins, came to think of itself in time as somehow distinct, as ‘different’, that is, as an ethnic group, a people (Greek ethnos). Indeed, I have argued that the material culture remains that archaeology has now brought to light clearly witness both the continuity and the new ethnic consciousness that we must presume. But what ethnic label shall we give the people of the Iron I highland villages? To put it more bluntly: what justification is there for the ‘protoIsraelite’ designation that I have been using all along?

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