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Contents Illustrations 000 Preface to the First Edition 000 Preface to the Second Edition 000 Abbreviations 000 1. Recalling Israel's Past: Issues and Strategies 000 Preliminary Considerations 000 The History of Israel and Historiography 000 The Old Testament as Historiography 000 2. Origins 000 Israel at Moab 000 The Purpose of Torah 000 The Story of the Patriarchs 000 3. The Exodus: Birth of a Nation 000 The Meaning of the Exodus 000 The Historical Setting of the Exodus 000 The Date of the Exodus 000 The Dates and Length of the Egyptian Sojourn 000 Patriarchal Chronology 000 The Wilderness Wandering 000 4. The Conquest and Occupation of Canaan 000 The Land as Promise Fulfillment 000 The Ancient Near Eastern World 000 The _Apiru and the Conquest 000 The Strategy of Joshua 000 The Date of Joshua's Conquest 000 The Campaign against the Anakim 000 Alternative Models of the Conquest and Occupation 000 The Tribal Allotments 000 The Second Covenant Renewal at Shechem 000 5. The Era of the Judges: Covenant Violation, Anarchy, and Human Authority 000 The Literary-Critical Problem in Judges 000 The Chronology of Judges 000 The Ancient Near Eastern World 000 The Judges of Israel 000 The Bethlehem Trilogy 000 6. Saul: Covenant Misunderstanding 000 The Demand for Kingship 000 The Chronology of the Eleventh Century 000 The Selection of Saul 000 The First Challenge to Saul 000 The Decline of Saul 000 Theological Considerations 000 The Rise of David 000 7. David: Covenant Kingship The Lack of Nationhood before David 000 David at Hebron 000 Chronicles and Theological History 000 Jerusalem the Capital 000 The Establishment of David's Power 000 An Introduction to a Davidic Chronology 000 8. David: The Years of Struggle 000 Egypt and Israelite Independence 000 The Ammonite Wars 000 The Beginning of David's Domestic Troubles 000 Jerusalem as Cult Center 000 The Rebellion of Absalom 000 David's Efforts at Reconciliation 000 Additional Troubles 000 David's Plan for a Temple 000 The Solomonic Succession 000 The Davidic Bureaucracy 000 9. Solomon: From Pinnacle to Peril 000 Problems of Transition 000 The Failure of the Opposition to Solomon 000 The Conclave at Gibeon 000 International Relations 000 The Building Projects of Solomon 000 Cracks in the Solomonic Empire 000 Solomonic Statecraft 000 Spiritual and Moral Apostasy 000 Solomon and the Nature of Wisdom 000 10. The Divided Monarchy 000 The Roots of National Division 000 The Immediate Occasion of National Division 000 The Reign of Rehoboam 000 The Reign of Jeroboam 000 The Pressure of Surrounding Nations 000 Abijah of Judah 000 Asa of Judah 000 The Reemergence of Assyria 000 Nadab of Israel 000 The Dynasty of Baasha of Israel 000 Omri of Israel 000 Jehoshaphat of Judah 000 Ahab of Israel 000 The Threat of Assyria 000 Ahab's Successors 000 The Anointing of Hazael of Damascus 000 Jehoram of Judah 000 The Anointing of Jehu 000 11. The Dynasty of Jehu and Contemporary Judah 000 The Reign of Jehu of Israel 000 Athaliah of Judah 000 The Role of Other Nations 000 Joash of Judah 000 Jehoahaz of Israel 000 The International Scene 000 Jehoash of Israel 000 Amaziah of Judah 000 Jeroboam II of Israel 000 Uzziah of Judah 000 The Ministry of the Prophets 000 12. The Rod of Yahweh: Assyria and Divine Wrath 000 Factors Leading to Israel's Fall 000 The End of the Dynasty of Jehu 000 Assyria and Tiglath-pileser III 000 Menahem of Israel 000 The Last Days of Israel 000 The Impact of Samaria's Fall 000 Judah and the Fall of Samaria 000 Hezekiah of Judah 000 The Viewpoint of the Prophets 000 13. Fading Hope: The Disintegration of Judah 000 The Legacy of Hezekiah 000 Manasseh of Judah 000 Amon of Judah 000 The International Scene: Assyria and Egypt 000 Josiah of Judah 000 The Fall of Jerusalem 000 The Prophetic Witness 000 14. The Exile and the First Return 000 An Introductory Overview 000 The World Situation during the Exile 000 The Jewish People during the Exile 000 The World Situation during the Period of Restoration 000 The First Return 000 Problems following the Return 000 Encouragement from the Prophets 000 15. Restoration and New Hope 000 The Persian Influence 000 Subsequent Returns: Ezra and Nehemiah 000 Malachi the Prophet 000 Bibliography 000 Scripture Index 000 Subject Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Bible. O.T. -- History of Biblical events.
Jews -- History -- To 70 A.D.