A brilliant defense of biblical history For more than two hundred years controversy has raged over the reliability of the Old Testament. Questions about the factuality of its colorful stories of heroes, villains, and kings, for example, have led many critics to see the entire Hebrew Bible as little more than pious fiction. In this fascinating new book, noted ancient historian K. A. Kitchen takes strong issue with today's "revisionist" critics and offers a firm foundation for the historicity of the biblical texts. In a detailed, comprehensive, and entertaining manner, Kitchen draws on an unprecedented range of historical data from the ancient Near East -- the Bible's own world -- using it to soundly reassess both the biblical record and the critics who condemn it. Working back from the latest periods (for which hard evidence is readily available) to the remotest times, Kitchen systematically shows up the many failures of favored arguments against the Bible and marshals the pertinent evidence from antiquity's inscriptions and artifacts to demonstrate the basic honesty of the Old Testament writers. On the Reliability of the Old Testament is a must-read for anyone interested in the question of biblical truth.Vom Verlag:
By reliable, of course, Kitchen (emeritus, Egyptology, U. of Liverpool) means the extent to which the Hebrew scripture can be made to correspond to received notions about the past from the disciplines of history and archaeology. He explores such topics as the Hebrew kingdoms, exile and return, Canaa
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