Advance copies of Lester Grabbe's new book Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know it? have been delivered to our London office this morning. I must say that this is the kind of scholarship that it is a pleasure, as a publisher, to be involved with. Lester not only provides an extremely helpful survey and anaylsis of the ancient sources but also engages with larger questions to do with the nature of history: what does it mean to write a history? Is history ultimately only a story (containing lesser or greater elements of fiction)? How must we use sources and what positivistic truth can we take from them?
"This important new book points out the way for future historians of ancient Israel" writes Prof. Hans M. Barstad, Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University, has commented: "The study of the history of ancient Israel has become in recent years a difficult and confusing arena, full of loud and discordant voices and yet crying out for a serious and substantial guide to all the noise. Lester Grabbe, one of the most prolific scholars in the field, offers in Ancient Israel a clear and tightly packed review of all the essential issues in reconstructing Israelite history."
T&T Clark is delighted to offer this important new work. It is available now in the US and will be released in the UK and rest of the world in December.