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Forwarding an up-to-date, conservative position on matters relating to ancient Israel's past from two distinguished Old Testament scholars, Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Paul D. Wegner, A History of Israel, Revised Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of ancient Israel—from the creation account in the Early Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars of the Intertestamental Period. This thoroughly revised edition focuses on Old Testament texts as well as ancient Near Eastern literary and archaeological sources to highlight important modern controversies surrounding this portion of Scripture. Topics treated include current approaches to the study of Israel's history, common fallacies in modern, secular biblical studies, and the evidence for the historical authenticity of the Old Testament accounts. This volume also includes over 600 photos, charts, and maps that serve as visual aids.
With clarity and skill, Kaiser and Wegner not only carefully defend the historicity of Scripture, but also successfully situate the redemptive history of the Old Testament in its broader ancient Near Eastern context. For all serious students of the Bible—from students and scholars to pastors and informed lay-readers—A History of Israel is an accessible, well-organized, fascinating, and invaluable resource.
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Publication Date: 2017
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Best on the Market!November 22, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have here a massive revision of a much-beloved history of Israel textbook. Dont allow the word textbook to cause you to think this book is only designed for college students. Its an extraordinary resource for any Bible student or pastor. The amount of information is incredible. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. is known for his helpful conservative scholarship and has been a trusted name for many for years. You might say this volume has been made fresh with the addition of Paul Wegner as a co-author. The addition of many color pictures and maps from the B&H Publishing collection helps immensely as well. Its large 7 X 10 size allows the font and picture/map dimensions to add to its enjoyment. The only downside is the fact that its in paperback and that its type of printing removes some of the sharpness of the illustrations. My hope is that this volume will meet with such success that the publisher might consider an attractive hardback with slick pages. That is, though, the only shortcoming of this book that I found.
As much as I enjoyed the bells and whistles of this volume, its the well written conservative viewpoint that makes it stand out. Ive seen most of the other histories of Israel in print by academic publishers today, and this volume far exceeds them all. The others may have some commendable features but always come with a pile of caveats because of their consistently twisted chronology and skeptical nature. This volume contains all the academic and biblical information on the history of Israel that a sincere Bible believer could desire.
After three introductory chapters that describe the scholarly mess that academia has made of the history of Israel, the book has nine major parts with 30 more chapters that take us from Israels beginning to the Intertestamental period. You might quibble over some date or conclusion, but you will greatly appreciate the bedrock assumption behind every conclusion drawn from the evidence found that the Old Testament is a trustworthy source and the basis of our study. I especially appreciated the archaeological proof of Israel and the Old Testament, which is substantial, that is presented in this volume.
Without a doubt, this volume will take pride of place in my library on the subject of the history of Israel. I highly recommend it!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Treatment of the History of Physical IsraelAugust 23, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are many books on the history of Israel, most are very Starling and full of critical scholarship. Which makes most of the academic treatments of a history of the nation of Israel inaccessible to the Layman as well as too many pastors who did not have an extensive academic training in seminary. This is not the case with a revised edition of Walter Kaiser Jr and Paul D. Wergners, A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age Through the Jewish Wars. Wing in just over 700 Pages this book is extremely thorough without becoming tedious.
Each page of this book is in full color which is the best feature of the entire work. Most books on history, even ones that have been revised or published in the last decade, are in full black and white, even in their photos. More to the point most photos and other works are also so grainy it is hard to see the map for the item that is being highlighted. This is not the case with a history of Israel. Almost every page has an illustration or table to draw the reader to engage with the item. While while this is no means a book you would read all the way through like a novel at one time. It is the perfect reference work or text book for class on Old Testament Israelite culture as well as some inter testimonial studies.
It is hard to say anything negative about this work. The only negative part about this book is was to be used as a textbook, there are no study questions or review questions at the end of each chapter. So it is not your traditional textbook, but it can definitely be used as one. If used as a textbook, the work would be best served as a high-level college or masters level class in a seminary.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B and H Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age Through the Jewish Wars
2017 by Walter Kaiser Jr and Paul D. Wergner
Publisher: B and H Academic
Page Count: 728 Pages
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