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This is one of the best books on the topic out there. The first part is an in-depth explanation of the philosophy of historical research in general, and emphasises on the importance of weighing all ancient sources judiciously, to reduce the risk of bias. The second part is the history of Israel proper, which I found very illuminating. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Ancient Israel.
I do not recommend this book. There is a lot of skepticism that it bases it’s beliefs on. The verbage in the book is not based on normal terms but on a historians knowledge and historical terms. There is a lot of information that the author tries to use skepticism to prove points. This challenges much of the Bible and what is written in the Bible as not believeable yet wants to prove that different historians skepticism should be used instead.