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On the Reliability of the Old Testament

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For more than two hundred years controversy has raged over the reliability of the Old Testament. Questions about the factuality of its colorful stories of heroes, villains, and kings, for example, have led many critics to see the entire Hebrew Bible as little more than pious fiction. In this fascinating new book, noted ancient historian K. A. Kitchen takes strong issue wit ...more
Paperback, 662 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 2003)
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James Korsmo
If you have watched any Nova or National Geographic specials on pretty much any facet of the Old Testament over the past few years, it very quickly becomes obvious that a rather stark historical minimalism is dominant in the scholarly world, or at least the scholarly world they feature. And this could be dismissed as just media bias, but a similar minimalism is also quite prominent in the OT academic circles and is evidenced in many introductory OT textbook. So what in the OT is historical? The ...more
Kirk Lowery
This book is a polemic: it's proposition is that the documents of the Hebrew Bible properly reflect the times they purport to be writing about. The author proceeds to amass textual, archaeological and other evidence to support his thesis in detail. It is also a polemic because the author has specific opponents in mind and he curmudgeonly attacks their persons and not just their ideas. That is the least attractive part of the book, but it is testimony to the author's passion.

Whether or not you ag
Good book detailing the archeological evidence used to historically date or verify the Old Testament. Kitchen pushes back the most important dates nearer to the time historical tradition commonly accepts in terms of authorship.

For instance, Kitchen makes the case for the Pentateuch being written close to or at the time of Moses. Moses might have written parts of the writings attributed to his name or not. Whether he did or not is not nearly so significant in terms of the proximity of the writin
Jeffrey Backlin
Best source I know of on the Old Testament historicity.
Timothy Bertolet
This is a helpful book diving into the reliability of the Old Testament. Not all will agree with all the details but Kitchen examines the OT in its Ancient Near East context. He discusses the nature of evidence for the reliability of the OT particularly from archeology and other cognate studies. While every detail of the OT cannot be verified by ancillary evidence as it is the nature of history to leave aspects of the past in the dust. Kitchen paints a picture that persuades and argues that what ...more
David Smiley
Detailed analysis of various archaeological findings. However at points conclusions were made from a lack of evidence and some conclusions were premature with the small amount of evidence given.
Aaron Carlberg
Controversy has raged about Old Testament reliability for a couple centuries now. Kitchens take on revisionist critics and provides a great foundation for the historicity of biblical texts.
The book is long, but worth reading if you want a good overview of how archeology supports the Old Testament.
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Kenneth Anderson Kitchen is Personal and Brunner Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool, England.

He is one of the leading experts on the Egyptian Third Intermediate Period, having written over 250 books and journal articles on this and other subjects since the mid-1950s. He has been described by T
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