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Israel and the Nations: The History of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of the Second Temple

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The story of Israel is one of the outstanding tales of human history. Israel, occupying a narrow strip of land between sea and desert, was positioned on an international highway of commerce and warfare. This was a people whose future would be intertwined with the stories of nations great and small. F. F. Bruce shapes the daunting complexities of this history, nearly fourte ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published August 3rd 1998 by IVP Academic (first published 1963)
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Without a doubt the best book I've read on ancient Israel. While its a history, its written almost like a narrative and is very thorough and interesting. Helped me understand and place the Old Testament + apocrypha in my head.

Highly, highly recommend to those interested in ancient Israel, history of the Old Testament, or wanting to better understand the OT prophets in general.
Kyle Alt
This book helped me make sense of a lot of Old Testament history and the cultures surrounding the biblical narrative. There are a few places where you'll get bogged down in the details of names and locations, but most of the book is very readable. It helps if you have a map of Israel handy while reading.
Pretty standard textbook. The first few chapters are horrendous. Bruce seems as this point to have been willing to reject the Bible's interpretation of events and impose his own ideas (e.g. his condemnation of Jehu, or the real depravity of Jerusalem.) After we have left the Biblical account, the book becomes decent. Despite all the politics, Bruce's narrative finally got exciting when the Roman Empire kicked in. If you can wade through some slush at the beginning, a very educational experience.
Un buen libro si uno está buscando un poco más de información extrabíblica. Aunque aporta más luces al relato, en cuanto al desarrollo de algunos acontecimientos además de algunas fuentes arqueológicas; también se extraña aquella perspectiva profética que caracteriza los acontecimientos del relato bíblico. Con todo, es un muy buen libro.
Great reference and readable history. Compared to others I'm reading currently on the same subject, this book is compact and tightly woven, fast-paced, full of dates and times. Bro Steve says this was one of his texts while in seminary.
Awsome book on all the OT, especially what was going on betwee n the Testaments. It an exciting yet comprehensive commentary on what was going on during the times of ancient Isreal.
The first part, on biblical history, was quite bad. The second part, on post-Old Testament Israel, was quite good.
Gwen Burrow
Pretty basic. Good for people who thought the Old Testament was in chronological order.
Lindsay Olesberg
Puts the history of Israel in its geopolitical context.
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Frederick Fyvie Bruce FBA (12 October 1910 – 11 September 1990) was a Biblical scholar who supported the historical reliability of the New Testament. His first book, New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (1943), was voted by the American evangelical periodical Christianity Today in 2006 as one of the top 50 books "which had shaped evangelicals".
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