By Niels Peter Lemche

while this provocative textual content used to be first released, Lemche awarded a brand new version of ways we must always comprehend Israelite society, its background and its faith. Lemche argues first that 'Israel' used to be the results of a social improvement one of the Canaanite inhabitants of Palestine within the moment half the second one millennium BCE. this suggests that Israelite faith used to be initially 'Canaanite' and that what we predict of as commonly 'Jewish' faith didn't come up till c. 500 BCE.

Lemche's radical reassessment of Israelite heritage relies at the conviction that the outdated testomony includes not often any ancient assets older than the 7th century BCE. The early background of Israel needs to accordingly be reconstructed from archaeological effects and non-biblical facts, no longer from the previous testomony. during this re-creation Lemche presents an intensive new creation and bibliography, contemplating how the sector has constructed because the paintings first appeared.

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