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Historical and Biblical Israel: The History, Tradition, and Archives of Israel and Judah

Reinhard G. Kratz


At the center of this book lies a fundamental yet unanswered question: under which historical and sociological conditions and in which manner the Hebrew Bible became an authoritative tradition, that is, holy scripture and the canon of Judaism as well as Christianity. The book answers this very question by distinguishing between historical and biblical Israel. This foundational and, for the arrangement of the book, crucial distinction affirms that the Israel of biblical tradition, i.e. the sacred history (historia sacra) of the Hebrew Bible, cannot simply be equated with the history of Israel a ... More

Keywords: history of Israel, history of Judah, Hebrew Bible, history of biblical literature, biblical tradition, Jewish archives, ancient Israel, Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinhard G. Kratz, author
Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, University of Göttingen