The Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible undertakes a comprehensive re-evaluation of the Bible's primary narrative in Genesis through Kings as it relates to history. It divides the core textual traditions along political lines that reveal deeply contrasting assumptions, an approach that places biblical controversies in dialogue with anthropologically informed archaeology. Starting from close study of selected biblical texts, the work moves toward historical issues that may be illuminated by both this material and a larger range of textual evidence. The result is a synthesis that breaks away from conventional lines of debate in matters relating to ancient Israel and the Bible, setting an agenda for future engagement of these fields with wider study of antiquity.
Daniel Fleming has taught and served in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University since 1990, when he received his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The current volume was launched with financial support from a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004). Fleming was also a senior Fulbright fellow to France (1997-8) and recipient of a one-year research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2004-5). He is author of three books and co-author of a fourth: The Installation of Baal's High Priestess at Emar (1992); Time at Emar (2000); Democracy's Ancient Ancestors (Cambridge University Press, 2004); and, with Sara J. Milstein, The Buried Foundation of the Gilgamesh Epic (2010). Fleming has contributed many articles on topics related to the ancient Near East to a range of professional journals and collected works.
Part I. Israel and Judah: 1. Why Israel?; 2. Israel without Judah; Part II. Israelite Content in the Bible: 3. Writing from Judah; 4. An association of peoples in the land (the book of Judges); 5. The family of Jacob; 6. Collective Israel and its kings; 7. Moses and the conquest of eastern Israel; 8. Joshua and Ai; 9. Benjamin; 10. Israelite writers on early Israel; Part III. Collaborative Politics: 11. Collaborative politics; 12. Outside the Near East; 13. The Amorite backdrop to ancient Israel; 14. Israel's Aramean contemporaries; Part IV. Israel in History: 15. The power of a name: ethnicity and political identity; 16. Before Israel; 17. Israel and Canaan in the 13th-10th centuries; 18. Israel and its kings; 19. Genuine (versus invented) tradition.