[b-hebrew] OT- perspective (was Josiah's book of the Law)

Jim West jwest at highland.net
Fri Aug 5 07:53:49 EDT 2005

Yitzhak Sapir wrote:

>I was wondering, could you name some specific ANE historical source that is
>not as complete or as honest as the Bible?  Also, if the Bible is so complete
>and so honest, why does it "forget" to mention Ahab's participation in the
>Battle of Qarqar, which is generally regarding as a successful attempt to 
>thwart Assyrian advances.  Does the Bible perhaps want us to think that
>Ahab was not an internationally recognized powerful king who made success-
>ful military campaigns, but rather that he only participated in border
>Or why does Mesha in the Mesha stele claim he revolted under Omri's son?
>Does he have some hidden agenda in claiming that?  Is it not possible that
>the Bible just "slightly corrected" the date of revolt of Mesha so as to 
>"fulfill" the prophecy in 1 Kings 21:28 - 29?
>Yitzhak Sapir

Y. has hit the nail on the head with this one.  I really cannot 
recommend highly enough (since bibliography seems needed at this 
juncture) Giovanni Garbini's "History and Ideology in Ancient Israel".  
He talks about how the Bible "adjusts" data.



D. Jim West

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