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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 08:18 PM
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164. Chapter 1 of this book seems a pretty good summary

"The Hebrew Bible: new insights and commentary", pub. 2008. The author of Chapter 1, Gary Rendsburg, describes himself as a 'maximalist', ie he beleives the Old Testament contains a good deal of real history, but what he claims shown by archaeology goes no further back than Solomon, the apparent builder of similar city gates in both Judah and Israel, and suggests that since the Bible says Solomon was from the 'House of David', and there's a later archaeological reference to the 'House of David', then it's reasonable to think the Bible has basis in reality there. He doesn't even bother to attempt to link the stories of Judges, Joshua and the Pentateuch to actual history (eg the conquest of the region by a band from outside), because there isn't any evidence for that at all.

He does mention things like the lack of pork remains, which distinguish the people in the central hill country from the Philistines on the Mediterranean shore, or the trans-Jordan Moabites.
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