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In this much-anticipated textbook, 3 revered biblical students have written a heritage of historic Israel that takes the biblical textual content heavily as an ancient rfile. whereas additionally contemplating nonbiblical resources and taking note of what disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, and sociology recommend concerning the prior, the authors accomplish that in the context and paradigm of the previous testomony canon, that is held because the basic record for reconstructing Israel's background. partially One, the authors set the quantity in context and overview earlier and present scholarly debate approximately studying Israel's historical past, negating arguments opposed to utilizing the Bible because the imperative resource. partially , they search to retell the heritage itself with an eye fixed to all of the components explored partially One.

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The answer must lie in the fact that the Deuteronomistic History was allegedly designed and drafted as a coherent historical narrative, whereas the Pentateuch allegedly was not. Yet how such design and drafting would imply that the Deuteronomistic History is in fact more reliable as a source for history than the Pentateuch is not clear, especially considering that its existing form (like that of the Pentateuch) dates from well after most of the period it describes. Nor is it clear how we know that the Pentateuch was not designed and drafted as a coherent historical narrative, nor (if it was not) how we know that the coalescing process during oral transmission necessarily distorted the traditions in bringing them together.

The extrabiblical confederations that Noth mentions did in fact belong to the Indo-European rather than to the Semitic world (a point that he himself recognized as a weakness). 61 Moreover, they date from a much later time than their hypothetical Israelite counterparta fact devastating to Noth's claim that, because the Israelite tribal system is not an isolated phenomenon in the ancient world, it cannot be an aspect of a secondarily constructed picture oflsrael; too, these confederations largely form part of an urban rather than a rural culture.

It was not designed and drafted as a coherent historical narrative. Rather, the Pentateuch is the product of the successive coalescence of sacred oral traditions. The various tribal traditions that it contains were first given their definitive unified form within an Israel that was already united in Palestine. This league of twelve Israelite tribes first imposed the "all Israel" concept on what were originally independent traditions. The whole people of Israel now read various independent pasts as their unified past.

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