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The Israelites in History and Tradition (review)

The Israelites in History and Tradition (review) students, and to scholars interested in an up-to-date presentation of the current state of wisdom studies. Daryl Jefferies University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 djefJeri@students.wisc.edu THE ISRAELITES IN HISTORY AND TRADITION. By N. P. Lemche. Library of Ancient Israel. Pp. ix + 246. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. Cloth, $25.00. N. P. Lemche's The Israelites in History and Tradition represents the latest contribution to the ongoing debate over how best to reconstruct Israel's past. In his "Prolegomena," Lemche argues that the quest for ancient Israel has been seriously hindered by an over-dependence upon the biblical text. A more fruitful approach would be to employ interpretive models that take into account the larger sociological, political, and economic developments of ancient Palestine (i.e., the French les annales school). Only then can we hope to get at the actual history of this region. In chapter 1 ("Playing the von Ranke Game: Sifting the Sources"), Lemche sets the ground-rules for reconstructing Israel's past. Regarding the written materials, the closer the source is to the event the more valuable it is for reconstructing the past (as set forth by the Gennan scholar Leopold von Ranke). Thus, for Lemche, "the Old Testament http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

The Israelites in History and Tradition (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 41 (1) – Oct 5, 2000

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students, and to scholars interested in an up-to-date presentation of the current state of wisdom studies. Daryl Jefferies University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 djefJeri@students.wisc.edu THE ISRAELITES IN HISTORY AND TRADITION. By N. P. Lemche. Library of Ancient Israel. Pp. ix + 246. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. Cloth, $25.00. N. P. Lemche's The Israelites in History and Tradition represents the latest contribution to the ongoing debate over how best to reconstruct Israel's past. In his "Prolegomena," Lemche argues that the quest for ancient Israel has been seriously hindered by an over-dependence upon the biblical text. A more fruitful approach would be to employ interpretive models that take into account the larger sociological, political, and economic developments of ancient Palestine (i.e., the French les annales school). Only then can we hope to get at the actual history of this region. In chapter 1 ("Playing the von Ranke Game: Sifting the Sources"), Lemche sets the ground-rules for reconstructing Israel's past. Regarding the written materials, the closer the source is to the event the more valuable it is for reconstructing the past (as set forth by the Gennan scholar Leopold von Ranke). Thus, for Lemche, "the Old Testament

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