The Origin of Early Israel – Current Debate: Biblical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives

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The origin of ancient Israel, their settlement in the land of Canaan and transformation into an organised kingdom is one of the most stimulating and, at the same time, most controversial chapters in the history of early Israel. The Irene Levi-Sala Seminar usually takes place at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, with the active participation of students and scholars from universities and foreign institutions of archaeology in Israel. The 1997 seminar was organised instead at the University of London, in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of Jewish Studies and focused on the subject: The Origin of Early Israel - Current Debate: Biblical Historical and Archaeological Perspectives. The emergence of Israel in Palestine has been described by the eminent scholar Roland de Vaux, in his Early History of Israel as the most difficult problem in the whole history of Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Origin of Early Israel-Current Debate
Subtitle of host publicationBiblical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives Irene Levi-Sala Seminar, 1997
EditorsShmuel Aḥituv, Eliezer D. Oren
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781315417691
ISBN (Print)9781598743913
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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