4. The Biblical Stories of Israel
Philip R. Davies† [+]
University of Sheffield, (Emeritus)
A more accurate title of this chapter would be ‘biblical stories of Israels’, because more than one ‘Israel’ is going to emerge. These stories also diverge from modern stories informed by historical research, but these modern stories help us to understand better not only the realities of the world in which the Old Testament emerged, but the literary, social and imaginative world that its contents have created.