The Creation of History in Ancient Israel

The Creation of History in Ancient Israel

The Creation of History in Ancient Israel

The Creation of History in Ancient Israel


The Creation of History in Ancient Israel demonstrates how the historian can start to piece together the history of ancient Israel using the Hebrew Bible as a source.


This book has allowed me to realize how indebted an author can really be to other scholars, students, professional organizations and family.

I would like to thank the various institutions that offered me financial support at various stages: a Bernstein Fellowship from Brandeis University allowed me to take a leave for Spring 1991, a travel grant from the American Philosophical Society allowed me to travel to England in 1991, to use the libraries there and to discuss my work with various scholars from the United Kingdom, and a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Arts allowed me to spend the summer of 1991 thinking, reading and writing.

Many librarians have helped me; I would like especially to acknowledge Dr Charles Cutter and Mr James Rosenbloom of the Brandeis University Judaica division, various Interlibrary Loan librarians at Brandeis University, and the librarians at the British Library and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Many colleagues discussed certain problems with me and read parts of the manuscript; I would like to thank especially Professors John Barton, David Clines, Philip Davies, Keith Whitelam and Hugh Williamson from Great Britain. While in London, Esther and Willie Ungar offered me a home away from home with a wonderful atmosphere in which this book began to take shape. Professors Stephen Geller, Nahum Sarna, Alan Cooper, Gary Knoppers and Jack Sasson, and Mr Edward Tripp read and critiqued earlier versions of the manuscript. Scholars and students have heard sections of this book presented at the Annual Conferences of the Association for Jewish Studies, and at lectures at the University of Chicago, Hebrew Union College, Cornell University, Brown University and the Boston Theological Institute. The questions after these lectures have helped to sharpen my thinking on many issues.

Michael Carasik, Michael Rosenbaum and Susan Tanchel, graduate students at Brandeis University, read the manuscript with great care. They offered many insightful comments, and questioned my arguments where they were vague, helping to clarify my thoughts. William Schniedewind

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