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History of Israel (Westminster AIDS to the Study of the Scriptures) Paperback – 1 Jul 2000


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  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 4 edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664220681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664220686
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,714,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Bright was the Cyrus H. McCormick Professor of Hebrew and the Interpretation of the Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia until his death in 1995. He is the author of The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept and Its Meaning for the Church.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Of The OT on 3 Aug. 2006
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John Bright achieved a staggering and wonderful feat in putting this history of Israel together.

`The history of Israel is the history of a people which came into being... as a league of tribes united in covenant with Yahweh... [but]... we... begin our story with the migration of Israel's ancestors some centuries earlier...' (from Bright's Forward)

So we have:
Prologue: The Ancient Orient Before 2000 B.C. (to provide `perspective')
Part One: The Age of the Patriarchs
Part Two: The Exodus, Conquest of Canaan and Tribal League
Parts Three and Four: The Monarchy, Divided Kingdoms and the end of Israel and Judah
Part Five: Exile and Return
Part Six: The end of the Old Testament period to the Maccabean revolt and introduction to early Judaism

Bright's `History...' has rightly become a widely acclaimed classic. The scope and attention to detail are amazing with all the biblical, historical and archaeological elements explored thoroughly. Though Bright's approach may be considered a little old fashioned nowadays the whole still stands impressively amongst other histories. (For instance, Hayes and Miller's `A History of Ancient Israel and Judah', which is better laid out.)

But this fabulous work is presented in the most basic format: a main heading in title case, sub-headings in italics prefixed with a number, further sub-headings also in italics with a prefix letter. No variation in indentation, type face or line spacing makes this much harder work to read than it should be. The publishers have allowed four successive editions (and over forty years with sales exceeding 100 000 copies) to pass with no alteration to the presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2014
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This is a marvellous book, for many years one of the basic textbooks for any serious student of the Old Testament. John Bright's achievement in reviewing the history and scholarship of the entire OT period is very impressive indeed. I used it in teaching Biblical Studies and was confident that any student who would wade through the relevant chapters would gain an excellent background to the Bible text.
The is a scholarly book with a lot of detail, but Bright never becomes bogged down in detail. His narrative is always coherent and interesting, though the dense text of the book means that it is fairly demanding to read. Personally, I disagree with some of his conclusions [bit of a cheek, since I certainly don't have his scholarship] but could not detract from his achievement. As yet, no other book or writer has been able replace this as the standard textbook. Just make sure you get the most recent edition, as OT scholarship does move on. Fashions in scholarship change, too, and the serious student needs to be up to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lord John on 15 Mar. 2011
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If yiou need background on Israel in Old Testament times, this book gives you just that. Don't expect an easy read, but a good reference book with enough to use when studying.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By notatamelion@aol.com on 3 Nov. 2000
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A History of Israel is an in depth (and I mean DEPTH) journey back into time. Taking the reader back to the very edge of the mists of prehistory, John Bright then lays out, in a point by point fashion, the whole sweep of time in the near east up until the appearance of a certain Galilean who forever changed the world.
A History of Israel is very in depth, very packed with useful information. Bright has written a wonderful book. It did (as most history books are likely to) set off my anti-scholarship allergy a few times. However, it is very worthy of being read.
I give this book a very high recommendation. Bright's presentation is clear, at certain points even lively. It thoroughly deals with the developments in each time period. It delivers the reader to one heck of a destination-one of eternal significance-that beautiful moment in time where the Messiah asked a very pointed question that many are still in need of answering: "Who do you say that I am?"
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