In this Jewish History lecture, David follows the chronological narrative of the Tanach (Hebrew Bible), outlining the key figures and events of the biblical period, including:
- the patriarchs and matriarchs
- the Egyptian exile and the going out of Egypt
the settling of the land and the period of the judges
- the period of the kings
- the rise of the prophets of Israel
- the division of the united kingdom of Judah into northern and southern kingdoms
- the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, by the Assyrian Empire
- the destruction of Judah, the southern kingdom, and the temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire
- the 70-year Babylonian exile
- the return to Zion and the rebuilding of the temple.
David provides an overview of the spiritual and geopolitical driving forces behind the events of this period. He also explains the historiographical status of the various phases of the bible.
This lecture, recorded in Israel in 2009, is an adaptation of David’s popular talk “The Whole of the Bible in One Hour.” It provides a concise historical overview of the biblical period but, unlike The Bible in One Hour, does not explore the ideas and themes of Tanach in depth.
For those interested, a video recording of “The Whole of the Bible in One Hour” can be found above and here https://youtu.be/qIu_iZzuTfM