Narrative History

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In my book, my central point was that these promises were not altogether abandoned. I think we err if we insist that real estate is the ultimate aim of this promise. Instead, in my opinion, this promise—the ingathering of “all” Israel back into the land—was an eschatological event that transcended (and continues to transcend) geographical area and time.

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Does the Moabite Stone really contain the phrase “House of David?” It should also be noted that the line in question is severely fragmented. Keeping in mind that one-third of the inscription has been restored from available squeezes, the uncertain translation has been reconstructed partly by what is visible on the stone and what is visible from these squeezes.

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The stone has no doubt become the subject of a great amount of controversy within the guild. This should not be surprising in an era where the field has experienced a noticeable shift from maximalists like W. F. Albright, Cyrus Gordon, and Yigael Ladin—who led the way in believing that the Bible reflected true history—to minimalists, like Thomas L. Thompson, Philip Davies, and Niels Peter Lemche— who posit that the biblical text is not historically oriented.

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Discussions over the textual formation and the authorship of the Bible are a matter of serious debate within the world of Biblical scholarship. On one side of the discussion, conservative-evangelical biblical scholars (not all; more specifically, “fundamentalists”) often begin with the premise that the Bible is sacred, inerrant, inspired, and historically accurate. In counterargument, critical scholars—some of whom also believe that the Bible is the word of God—do not begin with this same premise—and thus, they do not feel the need to view the Bible as historically flawless.

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