Much of the Hebrew Bible narrates what it claims to be the history of Israel. However, a close reading of the biblical text in conjunction with other literary and archaeological evidence indicates that the "history" provided by the Hebrew Bible is frequently inaccurate or untrue.
Marc Zvi Brettler explores ways of reading the biblical texts if they are not read as history. Through in-depth analysis of texts from the Book of Chronicles, Genesis, Deuteronomy, Judges and Samuel, Brettler shows how the biblical historians were influenced by four key factors: typology, interpretation of earlier texts, satire and ideology.
"The Creation of History in Ancient Israel" demonstrates how the historian, by taking account of this model of history writing, can start to piece together the history of ancient Israel using the Hebrew Bible as a source.
"Readers cannot help but be impressed by Brettler's clear and flowing writing, by the concise way he covers so many difficult issues of biblical scholarship, and by the abundance of critical notes that reflect wide knowwledge and deep observation."
-"Review of Biblical Literature
"Highly recommended to seminary and graduate students, scholars, faculty, and interested general readers."
"Brettler's book explores the function of biblical texts generally classified as historywriting through a series of case studies."
-"Old Testament Abstracts