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Old Testament History
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Palestine is strewn with pre-historic sites. They go back at least to the second-last interglacial period (the Mindel-Riss period), though this, according to the new radioactive carbon method of dating, is only about 100,000 B.C.

1. However, the history of the Israelite people does not begin here, but at the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C., with its ancestor Abraham, though it is difficult to determine his date precisely. He lived first in Ur, in southern Mesopotamia (Gen 11:28—31) Probably the Semitic tribe of the Terachite…

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Benedikt Schwank, “Old Testament History”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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