“Finding Myth and History in the Bible” edited by Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò, Chiara Peri, and Jim West

The Biblical Review

FindingMythAndHistoryFinding Myth and History in the Bible: Scholarship, Scholars and Errors. Eds. Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò, Chiara Peri, and Jim West. Bristol: Equinox, 2016, pp. 270, $34.95 (Equinox).

*I’d like to express my gratitude to Equinox Publishing for providing review copy in exchange for my honest opinion about the book.

Giovanni Garbini’s provocative and profound scholarship has been one of the most influential scholars in the field of biblical studies. Unfortunately, the majority of his works are written in Italian and lack English translations. Three of his most well-known works include History and Ideology in Ancient Israel (1988; trans. English), I Filistei (1997; recently republished in 2012), and I Fenici (1980). This volume honors Garbini with nineteen contributions by various biblical scholars inspired by Garbini and focuses on methodology and historical issues relevant to the study of ancient Israel. The following will briefly summarize and highlight portions of each contribution.

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