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By Bill T. Arnold

The background of Israel is a much-debated subject in previous testomony experiences. On one aspect are minimalists who locate little of historic price within the Hebrew Bible. at the different aspect are those that suppose the biblical textual content is an exact ancient list. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would receive advantages from a cautious exploration of matters in Israelite history.

This considerable heritage of Israel textbook values the Bible's ancient contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the most recent scholarship, the publication introduces scholars to the present nation of study on concerns proper to the examine of historic Israel. The editors and individuals, all best biblical students and historians, talk about historic proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, equivalent to maps and photographs, visually help the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are integrated.

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You won't stay lengthy in [the land], yet can be totally destroyed. And the Lord will scatter you one of the peoples, and you'll be left few in quantity one of the countries the place the Lord will force you. (Deut. 4:25–27) in addition, the Sinai covenant is the grid in which Israel’s heritage is known. by way of this covenant, Israel’s kings will be evaluated (especially 1–2€Kings). The covenant serves because the starting place for the indictments of the prophets opposed to Israel and Judah. a. Gordon McConville, “‫ ְבּ ִרית‬,” NIDOTTE 1:747. b. Kenneth€A. Kitchen, “Egypt, Ugarit, Qatna and Covenant,” UF eleven (1979): 453–64. c. Julius Wellhausen, Prolegomena to the background of historical Israel (Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1983 [1878]), 417–18. d. See extra chap. €3, “Covenant and Treaty within the Hebrew Bible and within the old close to East. ” Num. 33:8–15). 166 which means it truly is most unlikely for Shur to be within the region east of the Gulf of Aqaba in present-day Saudi Arabia. 167 One needs to mix the data concerning the 8 to 11 stops after crossing the ocean till attaining Mount Sinai and the gap of an eleven-day trip to Kadesh-Barnea. once we take all of this under consideration, the mountains of southern Sinai, together with Gebel Musa and Gebel Serbal, healthy the final parameters. The Tabernacle, Israel’s barren region Sanctuary whilst Moses obtained the legislation or covenant from God, based on historical criminal practices, a replica of the treaty used to be to be deposited sooner than the deity, in 166. ╯For a dialogue of the uncertainty right here, see Hoffmeier, old Israel in Sinai, 117–18. 167. ╯For extra arguments opposed to a Saudi Arabian position for Mount Horeb/Sinai, see ibid. , 130–40. _Arnold_AcientIsrael_BKB_djm. indd one zero one 8/21/14 3:54 PM 86 ↜The Exodus and desert Narratives the sanctuaries of the suzerain and vassal. One old treaty textual content files, “A reproduction of this capsule is deposited ahead of the Sun-goddess of Arinna, because the Sun-goddess of Arinna governs kingship and queenship. And within the land of Mittanni a replica is deposited ahead of the Storm-god, Lord of the kurinnu of Kahat. ”168 within the deserts of Sinai, Israel had no temple simply because they'd be touring from that time to the land of Canaan. accordingly, a transportable sanctuary or tent shrine logically turns into the 1st position of worship. directions for its building (Exod. 25–40), besides its a number of accoutrements, instantly stick with the realization of the covenant rite (Exod. 24). The ark of the covenant, the gold-covered transportable field with winged cherubim over it, used to be the place the capsules containing the “book of the covenant” (Exod. 24:7) have been to be put (Exod. 25:16; Deut. 31:24–26). a couple of fresh experiences of the tabernacle have confirmed that many elements of this tent shrine locate parallels from Egypt and aspect to the Sinai for its origins. whereas this is able to appear like an seen end, Wellhausen and his adherents think that the tabernacle was once now not the prototype for Solomon’s temple yet fairly a retrojection via the exilic priestly author who couldn't envision a time while Israel didn't have a spot of worship.

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