New PDF release: Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity

By James Hoffmeier

ISBN-10: 0195155467

ISBN-13: 9780195155464

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The reality is that critical historians can work with sources from very close to the time of the events they investigate and produce works that are spurious because the sources were unreliable even though they were old. On the other hand, one can use more recent sources that are centuries, or even millennia, removed from the events being described, but because they faithfully preserve records of the events, they can be relied upon by the modern scholar to write a faithful account of what actually happened in the past.

Rejecting the concept of revelation; 5. holding evolutionary theory as foundational. Julius Wellhausen, whose methodology and contributions to the formulation of the documentary hypothesis were discussed in some detail in the previous chapter, had a deep interest in the history 24 ancient israel in sinai of Israel’s religion. ‘‘Like many other scholars since his time,’’ R. K. 4 The abundance of data provided by archaeologists in the Near East has offered a more balanced understanding of ancient religions than those reached by anthropologists studying ‘‘primitive’’ cultures in nineteenth-century Africa, Asia, and South America, which influenced nineteenth-century scholars who studied Israelite religion.

101 This naturally raises the larger question of historiography that was treated in some detail in my Israel in Egypt (pp. 10–17); only a couple of points will be made here. ’’105 If the historian thinks there is a problem with a text’s trustworthiness, I maintain, the burden of proof lies with the modern investigator, not the ancient writer who cannot explain himself to the historian. ’’106 Kenneth A. Kitchen, an Egyptologist who works expertly with a number of different ancient Near Eastern languages as well as Hebrew, offered a way of looking at texts over thirty years ago that remains germane.

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