The Archaeology of Ancient Israel

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

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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


Introduction Amnon BenTor
The Neolithic Period Ofer BarYosef
The Chalcolithic Period Rivka Gonen
The Early Bronze Age Amnon BenTor
The Intermediate Bronze Age Ram Gophna
The Middle Bronze Age Aharon Kempinski
The Late Bronze Age Rivka Gonen
The Iron Age l Amihai Mazar
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The Iron Age IIlll Gabriel Barkay
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