The Archaeology of Ancient Israel

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Amnon Ben-Tor
Yale University Press, 1992 - Art - 398 pages
3 Reviews

For over one hundred years archaeologists have explored the land of Israel, investigating such fascinating topics as the migrations of the patriarchs, the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan, and the establishment of the monarchy by David and Solomon. In this book some of Israel’s foremost archaeologists present a thorough and up-to-date survey of this research, providing an assessable introduction to early life in the land of the Bible.

 

The authors discuss the history of ancient Israel from the Neolithic era (eighth millennium B.C.E.) to the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. Each chapter describes a different era as seen through relevant archaeological discoveries. The reader is introduced to the first permanent settlements in the land of Israel, the crystallization of the political system of city-states, the nature of Canaanite culture, the Israelite patterns of settlement, and the division of the country into the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. The lavishly illustrated text explores and demonstrates developments in religious practices, architecture, technology, customs, arts and crafts, warfare, writing, cult practices, and trade.

 

The book will be a delightful and informative resource for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about the religious, scientific, or historical background to the events described in the Bible, or to current developments in the Middle East.

 

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An overview of archaeology strictly within the territory of Israel. Discernment must be used when reading the material, as it has a clearly liberal-critical view of the Bible. Scripture references ... Read full review

The archaeology of ancient Israel

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Profusely illustrated with sketches, diagrams, maps, tables, and photographs, this attractive book offers an excellent introduction to biblical archaeology. Editor Ben-Tor (archaeology, Hebrew Univ ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Amnon BenTor
1
The Neolithic Period Ofer BarYosef
10
The Chalcolithic Period Rivka Gonen
40
The Early Bronze Age Amnon BenTor
81
The Intermediate Bronze Age Ram Gophna
126
The Middle Bronze Age Aharon Kempinski
159
The Late Bronze Age Rivka Gonen
211
The Iron Age l Amihai Mazar
258
of the Judges
281
The Iron Age IIlll Gabriel Barkay
302
Sources for the Illustrations
374
Index
385
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