Similarly, the question on the origins of Ancient Israel is fundamental to understanding Israel's identity, its religion, its values, and its faith in Yahweh.
Where did Israel as a nation come from?
Here's an article in answer to that search for the the origins of Ancient Israel
Summary /Excerpt by R. C. Flores, svd
(July 2004; updated 28 July 2006)
The Conquest Model – William Foxwell Albright
For a summary of the problem of the Conquest Model, click on this.
For a summary of N. Gottwald's theory, click on this.
John J. McDermott, What Are They Saying About the Formation of Israel? (New York/Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1998).
Anthony R. Ceresko, Introduction to the Old Testament: A Liberation Perspective (revised and expanded Edition;
Randolf C. Flores, “Theories on Israelite Origins” (unpublished paper, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996).