The Hebrew Bible and History: Critical Readings presents a collection of articles that deal with some of the main issues related to the history of ancient Israel. Several essays grew out of meetings of the European Seminar on Methodology in Israel’s History, while others originated in other settings. While all the essays have been published before, this volume seeks “to present a number of articles that have addressed the problem of history in ancient Israel and discussed it from a variety of perspectives” (p. ix). Several of the essays already are classics in their field, and this volume handily collects all of these, and more, into a single volume.

The volume is divided into five parts. Part 1, “Studies in Methodology,” consists of 10 chapters focused on historical methodology. Some of the essays deal with historical methodology in general, whereas others examine a specific aspect of historical research and the...

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