A major new synthesis and interpretation of findings over the past twenty-five years in biblical archaeology. Thompson’s conclusions are sure to spark intense debate.
Claims to the small area of the Eastern Mediterranean known as Israel have been the source of bloody conflicts throughout history. The author argues that historical claims to the region by the Jewish people are founded on myth drawn from intellectual, philosophical, and mythological traditions of the great empires of antiquity. He examines linguistic, economic, agricultural, and archaeological aspects of early Palestine history, contending that the Old Testament offers no evidence for the early history of Israel, and provides refreshing new ways to read the Hebrew scripture as literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)