Towns in Ancient Israel and in the Southern Levant
Peeters Publishers, 2003 - History - 189 pages
Many towns flourished in the Southern Levant during the 9th to 7th centuries BCE. More than a century of excavations of these towns in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories has resulted in an increased understanding of how such towns functioned and what they looked like. The remains of Megiddo, Samaria or Hazor, for instance, have received numerous visitors. This book aims at summarizing what is now actually known about the architecture of the towns. The reader will be surprised and impressed when he starts to realize the degree of style these rather small towns could have. With this book, the author conducts a virtual city walk through such a town from the later Iron Age in this region.
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Introduction and Literature
The Town Gate or Gates
Tripartite Pillared Buildings
Sanctuaries and Temples
Various Presumed or Specialized Buildings
Patterns of Settlement
Town Planning and Population
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