Walter C. Kaiser and Paul D. Wegner’s treatment of ancient Israel’s history is an updated revision of Kaiser’s previous 1998 edition. After an introduction, the volume is divided into nine parts with each part covering an era of the biblical narrative, beginning with Abraham and continuing through to the Intertestamental Period. The chapters in each part focus on major characters, events, or dynasties of Israel’s history.

The introduction overviews key historians and biblical scholars from the last 250 years who have shaped the conversation concerning Israel’s history. Commendably, clear definitions are given for terms such as historiography, accurate descriptions of issues affecting historiography of ancient Israel are discussed, and five different historiographical approaches are summarized. All of this has the potential to introduce beginning students to the complex issues of the subject. Kaiser and Wegner write their history by integrating the OT and NT with data and textual remains...

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