The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1979 - Religion - 481 pages
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Since its first publication in this country, Yohanan Aharoni's informative, fact-filled work has been a prime source in its field. Now considerably enlarged, and with both text and maps updated, this classic study offers an even more accurate description of the geography, history, and archeology of Palestine. The Land of the Bible is an essential textbook that will continue to serve both scholars and students for years to come.

 

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This is a landmark book about early Jewish history and geography. A pathfinder. The breakdown of Twelve Tribes and their clans is one of its many unique features. Considering the date of its original publication, Aharoni broke new ground on writing a narrative of the background of the Hebrew Bible. It was brilliant for its time. The revised edition updates this book to 1979. Sad to say, we have advanced to a point where even the 1979 update is in need of a new update with the great care Aharoni put into this book. It is his best work. Fundamental basics in Jewish or Bible studies. It dug deep for its time, deeper than anybody else. His MACMILLAN BIBLE ATLAS was also an incredibly detailed book for its time, but is moving out of date. That too needs a rewrite. But his LAND OF THE BIBLE was, and still remains, a very important book.
Al Sundel
 

Contents

Chapter
3
Table of Nations p 63 Between Sea and Desert p 8 4
13
THE LAND OF MANY CONTRASTS
21
THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN RANGE
27
THETRANSJORDANIAN HIGHLANDS
36
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
43
BOUNDARIES AND NAMES
64
THE HISTORICAL SOURCES
81
ISRAELITE CONQUEST AND SETTLEMENT
191
THE UNITED MONARCHY
286
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOLOMONIC
305
REHOBOAMS FORTRESSES
330
THE REBELLION OF MOAB UNDER MESHA
336
THE DISTRICTS OF JUDAH
347
THE SAMARIA OSTRACA
356
TIGLATHPILESER HIS CAMPAIGNS AND THE FALL
368

THE UNITED MONARCHYcontinued
89
THE STUDY OF TOPONYMY
105
THE CANAANITE PERIOD
133
III
160
VI
190
THE LATTER DAYS OF THE JUDEAN KINGDOM
387
Chronological Table
425
List of Site Identifications
431
Index of Geographical Names
447
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Yohanan Aharoni was a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Aharoni carried out extensive archeological excavations, directed the first explorations of the Judaen Desert Caves near En Geddi, and discovered the Bar Kochba Caves.

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