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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 23. What Was the Minimalist versus Maximalist Debate?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45031


Biblical scholarship in the 1990s pitted those who held on to the historicity of the Genesis patriarchs against those they derogatorily dubbed “minimalists.” The latter argued on the basis of solid evidence that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were invented to craft biblical Israel, an almost undisputed point today.

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