[b-hebrew] dating the bible

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 16 18:12:12 EST 2003

It is a good book, but like anything written on the subject , speculative. Prominent archaeologists like Mazar and Ben-Tor completely disagree with Finkelstein on the tenth/ninth century, for instance.
When the general subject of  'dating the Bible' arises it is not clear  what stage of biblical composition is under discussion, since it underwent so many reworkings and editions. There is no consensus on the matter.
For an excellent summary of Israelite literacy which succinctly sums up extrabiblical findings by individual centuries see:
    Literacy in Iron Age Israel by Richard S. Hess 
    in the volume: Windows into Old Testament History ed. Long, Baker and Winham, Eerdmans, 2002.
  BTW ,Noam and Naomi are different names, the first- M , the second,and better known, -F.

"Walter R. Mattfeld" <mattfeld12 at charter.net> wrote:
I can "second" Naomi's nomination, _The Bible Unearthed, Archaeology['s New
Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts_ by Israel
Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman (The Free Press. 2001). Another equally
important book with similar conclusions, is Profesor Burton MacDonald, _East
of the Jordan, Territories and Sites of the Hebrew Scriptures_(Boston.
American Schools of Oriental Research. 2000). Like Finkelstein and
Silberman, MacDonald concludes that the archaeological evidence suggests
that the Exodus narratives were written between 640-562 BCE, because this
the ONLY era that most of sites appearing in the narratives are in existence
at the same time and contemporary with each other. Of interest is that
MacDonald's book is on-line and "free to read by the public," its in Adobe
PDF format (with viewable text, tables, maps and illustrations) at the
following url :


Regards, Walter
Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.
mattfeld12 at charter.net

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