Essentially, Finkelstein finds limited validity in the biblical historical accounts due to their theological and ideological agendas, which he claims reflect the period of compilation - not earlier than the later seventh century B. C. E. - rather than a time closer to the reported events. While he acknowledges that the further back in time the biblical writers project, the more hazy, selective, and imaginative their memory, he posits that one can still extract reliable historical data from the Bible by observing convergences and divergences in the diverse sources available to scholars.
766 Journal of the American Oriental Society 128.4 (2008) The concluding chapter, “Setting the Industry in Context,” attempts
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