Canaanites

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1998 - History - 160 pages
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Canaanites explores the ancient population of the Western Levant (Israel, Transjordan, Lebanon, and coastal Syria), examining the development of its distinctive culture from the early farming communities of the eighth millennium B.C. to the fragmentation of its social and cultural ideals in the latter half of the first millennium B.C.

Jonathan N. Tubb makes judicious use of the Hebrew Bible in describing Canaanite culture. He views the Bible as a rich resource for understanding the literary and theological heritage of Israel, which he classifies as a subculture of Canaan. At the same time he reveals the limitations of the Bible as a historical document, arguing that to reconstruct the Canaanites' history we must first look at the archaeological data.

Tubb stresses the continuity of Canaanite civilization, portraying events such as the imposition of Egyptian imperial rule and the development of historical Israel as episodic interruptions.

 

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Contents

Maps
6
Canaan and Canaanites
13
The Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods 85003300 bc
25
The Early Bronze Age and the Rise of Urbanism 33002400 bc
35
The Early Bronze iV Interlude 24002000 bc
49
The Middle Bronze Age and the Hyksos 20001550 bc
55
The Late Bronze Age 15501150 bc
70
Sea Peoples and EgyptoCanaan
99
The Early Iron Age and the Rise of Israel 1150900 bc
107
The Late Iron Age 900539 bc
116
The Persian Period 539332 bc
128
Greeks Romans Phoenicians and Beyond
135
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