quinta-feira, 3 de agosto de 2006

Tem gente incomodada com Finkelstein e Silberman por causa do livro sobre Davi e Salomão

Dizendo, por exemplo:
"Skepticism about the Hebrew Bible's history was promoted to popular audiences in 2001's 'The Bible Unearthed' by Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman. Their most recent book focuses on 'David and Solomon.' Though some scholars claimed David never existed, in 1993 archaeologists discovered a stone inscription from 835 B.C. that mentions 'the house of David." The authors say that established the existence of a dynastic founder named David and that shortly after his 10th-century era a line of kings 'traced their legitimacy back to David.' However, Finkelstein considers the Bible seriously distorted propaganda. He treats David as a minor bandit chieftain and Jerusalem as a hamlet, not an imperial capital. Supposedly, biblical authors concocted the grander David centuries afterward. The book also implies that his successor, Solomon, didn't build the Temple. Finkelstein notes that archaeologists haven't found monumental buildings from David's era in Jerusalem. He dismisses links of David and Solomon with buildings unearthed at biblical Megiddo and Hazor. Ordinary readers might not grasp that this depends upon a disputed 'low chronology' which would shift dates a century, just after these kings. In the July-August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Michael Coogan of Stonehill College, editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, contends that Finkelstein and Silberman 'move from the hypothetical to the improbable to the absurd'".

Leia toda a argumentação em Was King David legend or fiction?

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