How Old is the Hebrew Bible?

A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study

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Ronald Hendel, Jan Joosten
The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , November
     2018.
     240 pages.
     $45.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300234886.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Robert F. Shedinger forthcoming.

Description

From two expert scholars comes a comprehensive study of the dating of the Hebrew Bible.

The age of the Hebrew Bible is a topic that has sparked controversy and debate in recent years. The scarcity of clear evidence allows for the possibility of many views, though these are often clouded by theological and political biases. This impressive, broad-ranging book synthesizes recent linguistic, textual, and historical research to clarify the history of biblical literature, from its oldest texts and literary layers to its youngest. In clear, concise language, the authors provide a comprehensive overview that cuts across scholarly specialties to create a new standard for the historical study of the Bible. This much-needed work paves the path forward to dating the Hebrew Bible and understanding crucial aspects of its historical and contemporary significance.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and general editor of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition.

Jan Joosten is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford and editor-in-chief of Vetus Testamentum.

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