Daniel I. Block’s book, Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention?, is available in Kindle format today for $2.99. The retail price of the hardback is $28.
The publisher (B&H) of the 2008 book describes it as
a collection of essays responding to the radical claims that Israel and its history actually began following the Babylonian exile, and that the history of Israel we read about in the Bible is a fictionalized account.
Contributors are leading Bible and archaeology scholars who bring extra-biblical evidence to bear for the historicity of the Old Testament and provide case studies of new work being done in the field of archaeology.
The book includes the following essays dealing with some of the current discussions in Biblical studies.
- Israel – Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? – Daniel I. Block
- The Value and Limitations of the Bible and Archaeology – Alan R. Millard
- Contextual Criticism as a Framework for Biblical Interpretation – John M. Monson
- North-West Semitic Inscriptions and Biblical Interpretation – Joel Drinkard
- From Joseph to David: Mari and Israelite Pastoral Traditions – Daniel E. Fleming
- Major Geographical Issues in the Accounts of the Exodus – James K. Hoffmeier
- Slavery and Slave Laws in Ancient Hatti and Israel – Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
- Were the Israelites Really Canaanites? – Alan R. Millard
- Syria and the Bible: The Luwian Connection – Richard S. Hess
- David and Solomon’s Jemsalem: Do the Bible and Archaeology Disagree? – Alan R. Millard
- Who Were Israel’s Transjordanian Neighbors and How Did They Differ? – Gerald L. Mattingly
- Shalmaneser III and Israel – K. Lawson Younger Jr.
- Did the Israelites Really Learn Their Monotheism in Babylon? – Simon J. Shenvin
- Did Persian Zoroastrianism Influence Judaism? – Edwin M. Yamauchi
- Interpreting the Bible as an Ancient Near Eastern Document – John H. Walton