When were the Israelites? Understanding Israelite Identity in the Pre-Exilic Period

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By: C.L. Crouch

Scholars have long asked, “Who were the Israelites?” Less frequent is the question, “When were the Israelites?” Indeed, traditional discussions of Israelite identity have focused overwhelmingly on two periods: the emergence of Israel sometime between the twelfth and tenth centuries BCE and the experience of exile in the sixth century. Histories of Israel and Judah have all but ignored the question of (more…)

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