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History Of Israel

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This chapter sketches the recent debates about the proper reconstruction of the history of ancient Israel. This chapter provides an overview of the history of the study of the Exodus and the Evangelical consensus for the early date alternative textual proposals and new archaeological evidence. The inability of scholars to agree upon dates for biblical texts limits the capacity to locate them within specific socio-historical contexts and thereby reconstruct Israel's ethnic identity at a given time and place. The evidence that can be dated most accurately, archaeological remains, provides inadequate data for drawing conclusions about ethnic self-perceptions. Vague definitions of ethnicity result in imprecise characterizations of Israel's identity.

Keywords:archaeology; ethnicity; evangelical; exodus



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