Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Israelite History and Religion

I just finished two very good books: Eugene Merrill's Kingdom of Priests and Richard Hess's Israelite Religions. They're introductions to the scholarly study of Israelite history and religious practice, respectively, from evangelical viewpoints. I learnt a huge amount through them, not only about scholarship in these areas in general, but also about the context of the Old Testament. They also demonstrated how a conservative stance on the historicity and reliability of the Scriptures is entirely valid and defensible, although never, of course, enough to induce faith on the power of its argumentation alone. Do give them a look if you're interested in these topics.

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