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Encyclopedia > John Van Seters

John Van Seters is a notable scholar on the Ancient Near East. Among his most famous books are Abraham in History and Tradition and The Hyksos: A New Investigation. Overview map of the Ancient Near East The term Ancient Near East or Ancient Orient encompasses the early civilizations predating Classical Antiquity in the region roughly corresponding to that described by the modern term Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, Anatolia), during the time roughly spanning the Bronze Age from the rise... This article is confusing for some readers, and needs to be edited for clarity. ...


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"Archaeology and the Patriarchs" by Robert I Bradshaw (6795 words)
Van Seters rejects the historicity of the accounts on the basis of the lack of any evidence for such a military alliance in a 2nd millennium context.
According to Van Seters, the main problem is that this interpretation must supply the story with missing point of comparison and then reconstruct the text to agree with it.
Van Seters argues that the term refers to the exilic period after the break-up of the Pentapolis by the Babylonians (54), a theory that is only valid if he is correct about a 1st millennium context for Abraham.
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