Tag Archives: Baruch Halpern

The rise of Israel-concluding panel

Hershel Shanks instigates a panel discussion at the end of The Rise of Ancient Israel. I was amused that Shanks noticed disagreements among the Dever, Halpern and McCarter, but they all downplayed the disagreements and claimed that they mostly agreed. … Continue reading

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The rise of Israel-McCarter

As to the central question behind The Rise of Ancient Israel, the lecturers give different answers.  William Dever finds no distinction between the early Iron Age Israelites and the Canaanites in terms of things like pottery and house building.  So … Continue reading

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The rise of Israel-Halpern

Baruch Halpern contributes a chapter to The Rise of Ancient Israel.  He, however, does not see the Israelites as Dever’s migrants from Canaanite areas.   He tries to fit an Egyptian background into his theory. The chronology you would assume from … Continue reading

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Baden-the historical Bathsheba

Over the last few days I have read through the rest of Joel Baden’s The Historical David. I have decided to rearrange the order in which he treats Absalom and Bathsheba. He treats the rebellion of Absalom as the major … Continue reading

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Baden-reality and invention in the David story

I am beginning to read The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden. The subtitle uses both the words “real” and “invented”.  Baden does not believe David was invented in the sense that some propose. He … Continue reading

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Ramses III in the context of Egypt’s decline and Israel’s rise

This morning we had a power outage for several hours.  I did not know whether I would be able to get online today or not.  So instead of reading more of G. K. Beale, I read a paper I had recently … Continue reading

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Sparks-the Bible as it is

Kenton Sparks, in God’s Word in Human Words, wants to let Scripture set the agenda for theology. This means accepting Scripture as it is. If the return of Christ did not come to pass in the first century, as Paul … Continue reading

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