One of the biggest issues in scholarly circles today is the nature of the people called Israel in the Old Testament. The question debated by scholars is how to evaluate what the Bible says about ancient Israel in relation to the history of the other nations of the Ancient Near East.
The debate, however, continues unabated. In order to clarify some of the historical and archeological issues related to this debate, a conference was held in Louisville at The Southern Baptist Seminary in January 2004 to present an evangelical response to the criticism that the Old Testament is worthless in the reconstruction of the history of Israel.
The papers presented at this conference have been revised and updated and published in a book. The book, Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2008), was edited by Daniel Block.
Read my review of the book. Here is the link: Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention?
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Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary