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Origins Of Israel Between History And Ideology

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The greater part of the Old Testament consists of a very diverse assortment of traditions about the origins of early Israel, some remembered in ancient stories and narrative cycles, others memorized in ancient songs such as the song of Deborah. The fact that the Early Iron Age in Canaan and Jordan is very poor in epigraphic finds, reflecting an apparently very limited production of writing, supports the view that Israelite and Judean scribes did not start to collect historiographic tradition in books before the Iron IIB Period. The real war which Merneptah had to fight in his 5th year, was the Libyan war. In Old Testament studies or the search for the prehistory of Israel, we hardly deal with Barbarians such as the Libyans and their allies.

Keywords: Canaan; Early Iron Age; Israel; Jordan; Libyan war; Merneptah; Old Testament



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