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By Niels Peter Lemche

while this provocative textual content was once first released, Lemche provided a brand new version of the way we must always comprehend Israelite society, its heritage and its faith. Lemche argues first that 'Israel' was once the results of a social improvement one of the Canaanite inhabitants of Palestine within the moment 1/2 the second one millennium BCE. this suggests that Israelite faith used to be initially 'Canaanite' and that what we expect of as commonly 'Jewish' faith didn't come up until eventually c. 500 BCE.

Lemche's radical reassessment of Israelite background is predicated at the conviction that the previous testomony comprises hardly ever any ancient assets older than the 7th century BCE. The early historical past of Israel needs to for this reason be reconstructed from archaeological effects and non-biblical proof, now not from the outdated testomony. during this new version Lemche offers an intensive new advent and bibliography, contemplating how the sphere has constructed because the paintings first appeared.

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