By Niels Peter Lemche
Of the numerous old civilizations we're conscious of, few are smaller than the traditional state of Israel. Small either in geographical region and inhabitants, it used to be slightly spotted via the main civilizations of the time in Egypt, Mesopotamia and in different places, which both overlooked or overwhelmed it. but, a number of millennia later, Israel is the civilization we take note such a lot acutely, which we know—or imagine we know—the such a lot approximately, and which has even been revised after a way. unfortunately, what we know—or imagine we know—about Israel comes partially from the outdated testomony and in part from fragmentary and infrequently distorted bits of old evidence.
For those very purposes, simply because historic Israel skill lots to us and since we really comprehend so little needless to say, The A to Z of old Israel is especially very important. It examines the standard resources within the previous testomony and surveys the findings of newer archaeological examine to aid us ascertain simply what occurred and...
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Obviously, all this does not facilitate the compilation of the volume on ancient Israel. It is necessary for the author to acquire considerable information; part gleaned from the biblical and related literature, part won from archaeological and related research. And it is also essential to decide how much credit to give to the former and the latter. The author, Niels Peter Lemche, certainly has the background and experience. Receiving his doctorate at the University of Copenhagen in 1985, he had already served as an associate professor at the University of Aarhus, and after a brief stint at the University of Hamburg, he became and remains professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen.
Ancient Israel was led into captivity in Mesopotamia that was to last for many years. E. Here they reconstructed the temple of Jerusalem and continued their way of life first under Persian, later Macedonian and Roman, rule. Traditional histories of Israel of the last 150 years have mainly followed the course of history as laid out by the Old Testament. The earliest period, the Period of the Patriarchs, was generally—not least in textbooks in English—considered a historical period although the historians were in doubt as to the exact time of the patriarchs.
The A to Z of Ancient Israel by Niels Peter Lemche