Thomas L. Thompson, is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Marquette University in Milwaukee, and author of The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives (1974). More recent publications are The Origin Tradition of Ancient Israel (1987), and Toponymie Palestinienne (1988).
From reviews of the hardcover edition: 'His book is a work of tremendous scholarship. He has been meticulous in his research, and brave in expressing what many of us have thought intuitively for a long time but have been reticent in saying.' Jonathan Tubb, The Independent on Sunday, 1993. '...a volume to recommend to others.' J. Andrew Dearman, New History of American Jews. 'A stimulating book, bound to provoke much discussion...' Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete, 1992/93. 'Thompson gives an extensive and extremely useful survey of the various theories about the origin of Israel... an important book.' SOTS Bl, 1993.