TH6317 The Interpretation of the History of Israel

The Origin of Israel in Canaan


Read the Paper Guide through “Topic.”

Plan to have a short-list of potential topics by January 31.


Major sources

Major themes


Four models of the origin of Israel in Canaan

Why would someone construct a story like Joshua if not simply reporting facts?

The criteria of plausibility and consistency

The Song of Deborah (Judges 5)


What do we know about God from Judges? What does God do? What is God known for?

Further reading

Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar, The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel. (ed. Brian B. Schmidt)

Phyllis Trible, “An Unnamed Woman.” From Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984. (PDF)

“The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” PBS NOVA Season 35 Episode 16, 2008.

Artemisia Gentileschi, Szépművészeti Múzeum