By Lester L. Grabbe
The eu Seminar in old method is devoted to debating matters surrounding the background of historical Israel and Judah with the purpose of constructing methodological rules for writing a historical past of the interval. during this specific consultation the subject selected used to be the Omride dynasty - its upward push and fall - and the following Jehu dynasty, all the way down to the autumn of Samaria to the Assyrians. contributors speak about such themes because the courting of prophetic texts, the home of Ahab in Chronicles, the Tel Dan inscription, the Mesha inscription, the Jezebel culture, the archaeology of Iron IIB, the connection among the biblical textual content and modern assets, and the character of the Omride kingdom. the quantity by the way offers a fairly accomplished remedy of the most assets, concerns, debates, and secondary literature in this interval of Israel's background. An introductory bankruptcy summarizes the person papers and in addition the appropriate portion of Mario Liverani's fresh heritage of the interval. A concluding 'Reflections at the Debate' summarizes the problems raised within the papers and offers a point of view at the dialogue.
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Only from his times onwards are the Philistine states active members of the political alliances against the NeoAssyrian campaigns to the west. We should, consequently, be able to push the terminus a quo a little. Since reports of prophetic activity that were found worthy of being handed down to posterity were only those concerned with major political events, I believe that it is safe to conclude that we also have a likely terminus ante quern for the dating of the events in Amos. By the middle of the reign of the Assyrian 36 Ahab Agonistes king Ashur-dan III (772-755 BCE) Assyria was weakened, and unable to wage military campaigns at all (Grayson 1982: 276-9).
Barstad 1. Background My point of departure is recent discussions concerning the dating of the texts of the Hebrew Bible. As we know, parts of this debate can hardly be branded a role model for scholarly dialogue. Rather, we have been witnessing an increasingly heated behaviour, characterized by a reciprocated throwing of catchphrases, exchange of strong invectives, and ad hominetn argumentation, much of it unworthy of academic conduct. However, since dating of texts in the Hebrew Bible is important to everyone engaged in biblical research, we cannot leave it at that.