From Nomadism to Monarchy

Archaeological and Historical Aspects of Early Israel
Author: Israel Finkelstein,Nadav Naʼaman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789652171177
Category: Bronze age
Page: 399
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel

Author: Susan Niditch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470656778
Category: Religion
Page: 552
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The Companion to Ancient Israel offers an innovative overview of ancient Israelite culture and history, richly informed by a variety of approaches and fields. Distinguished scholars provide original contributions that explore the tradition in all its complexity, multiplicity and diversity. A methodologically sophisticated overview of ancient Israelite culture that provides insights into political and social history, culture, and methodology Explores what we can say about the cultures and history of the people of Israel and Judah, but also investigates how we know what we know Presents fresh insights, richly informed by a variety of approaches and fields Delves into religion as lived, an approach that asks about the everyday lives of ordinary people and the material cultures that they construct and experience Each essay is an original contribution to the subject

Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture

Author: William H. Stiebing Jr.,Susan N. Helft
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134880839
Category: History
Page: 468
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Organized by the periods, kingdoms, and empires generally used in ancient Near Eastern political history, Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture interlaces social and cultural history with a political narrative. Charts, figures, maps, and historical documents introduce the reader to the material world of the ancient Near East, including Egypt. The emphasis on historical debates and areas of uncertainty helps students understand how historians use evidence to create interpretations and that several different interpretations of history are possible. New features in this edition include: Reorganization of the chapters on the early periods, with discussions incorporating the latest archaeological finds. New "Debating the Evidence" sections discussing current controversial issues in Near Eastern history. These sections make it easy for students and teachers to find and use the portions of the text devoted to scholarly arguments about various aspects of ancient Near Eastern history. A new chapter, "Ancient Israel and Judah," has been added to cover more completely the crucial issues of ancient Israelite history and religion. More emphasis has been placed on the role and contributions of women in the ancient Near East. The most important change is the addition of co-author Susan N. Helft, a specialist in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East, who has applied her considerable knowledge, insight, research, and editing skills throughout the book. This new edition of Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture will remain a crucial text for students beginning to learn about the fascinating civilizations of the Near East.

Sola Scriptura

Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Scripture, Authority, and Hermeneutics
Author: N.A
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004356436
Category: Religion
Page: 384
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Sola Scriptura offers a multi-disciplinary reflection on the theme of the priority and importance of Scripture in theology, from historical, biblical-theological and systematic-theological perspectives, aiming at the interaction between exegesis and dogmatics.

Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah

Author: Francesca Stavrakopoulou,John Barton
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567032167
Category: Religion
Page: 207
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This volume of essays draws together specialists in the field to explain, illustrate and analyze this religious diversity in Ancient Israel.

Historical Roots of the Old Testament (1200–63 BCE)

Author: Richard D. Nelson
Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit
ISBN: 1628370068
Category: Religion
Page: 314
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A thorough overview of the history of ancient Israel for research and classroom use Richard D. Nelson charts the beginning of the Iron Age and the emergence of Israel and its literature, including the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the downfall of Israel, Judah in the Assyrian and Babylonian periods, Yehud and Persia, and the Hellenistic period. Each chapter provides a summary of the period under consideration, a historical reconstruction of the period, based on biblical and extrabiblical evidence; a critical study of the biblical literature deriving from or associated with the period, and theological conclusions that readers may draw from the relevant biblical texts. Features: Balanced coverage of controversial topics Extensive bibliographies at the beginning of each chapter Lists of rulers and key dates for reference and classroom use

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant

c. 8000-332 BCE
Author: Margreet L. Steiner,Ann E. Killebrew
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191662550
Category: Social Science
Page: 912
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This Handbook aims to serve as a research guide to the archaeology of the Levant, an area situated at the crossroads of the ancient world that linked the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. The Levant as used here is a historical geographical term referring to a large area which today comprises the modern states of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, western Syria, and Cyprus, as well as the West Bank, Gaza, and the Sinai. Unique in its treatment of the entire region, it offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the current state of the archaeology of the Levant within its larger cultural, historical, and socio-economic contexts. The Handbook also attempts to bridge the modern scholarly and political divide between archaeologists working in this highly contested region. Written by leading international scholars in the field, it focuses chronologically on the Neolithic through Persian periods - a time span during which the Levant was often in close contact with the imperial powers of Egypt, Anatolia, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. This volume will serve as an invaluable reference work for those interested in a contextualised archaeological account of this region, beginning with the tenth millennium BCE 'agricultural revolution', until the conquest of Alexander the Great that marked the end of the Persian period.

The Bible Unearthed

Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Isreal and the Origin of Sacred Texts
Author: Israel Finkelstein,Neil Asher Silberman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743223381
Category: Religion
Page: 400
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In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors. They argue that crucial evidence (or a telling lack of evidence) at digs in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible—the wanderings of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, and David and Solomon’s vast empire—reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts. Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?

Author: William G. Dever
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802844163
Category: History
Page: 280
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A respected archaeologist's engaging, revealing take on ancient Israel. A thorough yet readable examination of a much-debated subject -- of relevance also to the current Israeli-Palestinian situation -- this book is sure to reinvigorate discussion of the origins of ancient Israel.

East of the Jordan

Territories and Sites of the Hebrew Scriptures
Author: Burton MacDonald
Publisher: Amer School of Oriental
ISBN: 9780897570312
Category: History
Page: 287
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Annotation Archaeologist McDonald presents the history of the identification of an array of biblical sites and offers his own suggestions for site locations based of information from the biblical texts, extra-biblical literary information, toponymic considerations, and archaeology. Some of the specific sites examined in this book include the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah; the Exodus itineraries; the territories and sites of the Israelite tribes, such as Reuben and Gad; as well as Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Gilead. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Early History of the Israelite People

From the Written & Archaeological Sources
Author: Thomas L. Thompson
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004119437
Category: History
Page: 482
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This is a groundbreaking book on the origins of Israel, taking into account the contexts of geography, anthropology, and sociology, and drawing on a careful analysis of archaeological and written evidence. Thompson argues that none of the traditional models for the origin of biblical Israel in terms of conquest, peaceful settlement, or revolution are viable. The ninth and eighth century BC State of Israel is a product of the Mediterranean economy. The development of the ethnic concept of biblical Israel finds its context in history first at the time of the Persian renaissance. The volume presents a clear historical context and an interpretative matrix for the Bible.

Interpreting Exile

Displacement and Deportation in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Author: Frank Ritchel Ames
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9789004211667
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 464
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Introductory essays describe the interdisciplinary and comparative approach and explain how it overcomes methodological dead ends and advances the study of war in ancient and modern contexts. Following essays, written by scholars from various disciplines, explore specific cases drawn from a wide variety of ancient and modern settings and consider archaeological, anthropological, physical, and psychological realities, as well as biblical, literary, artistic, and iconographic representations of displacement and exile.

The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt, 1100-650 B.C.

Author: Kenneth Anderson Kitchen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780856682988
Category: History
Page: 608
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First published in 1972, this book remains the most comprehensive and reliable study of this complex epoch. By starting from first principles and classifying and surveying the main available evidence, Kitchen establishes a comprehensive full-scale chronology of the XXI-XXV dynasties. He is then able to present a compact historical outline of almost five centuries of Egyptian history that is invaluable for scholars and the general reader alike. This edition includes the 1986 supplement, and a second preface written in 1995 which takes into account research and discoveries since the previous edition.

Festive Meals in Ancient Israel

Deuteronomy's Identity Politics in Their Ancient Near Eastern Context
Author: Peter Altmann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110255375
Category: Religion
Page: 312
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This study investigates the festive meals in Deuteronomy’s laws in comparison to depictions of meals in other biblical texts, as well as ancient Near Eastern texts and iconography. Its eclectic, interdisciplinary approach includes discussion of the archaeology of meals in the ancient Levant and recent anthropological findings on meals in order to emphasize the centrality of meals for identity formation as well as for political and religious rhetoric in the texts of Deuteronomy.

David and Solomon

In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition
Author: Israel Finkelstein,Neil Asher Silberman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416556885
Category: Religion
Page: 352
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The exciting field of biblical archaeology has revolutionized our understanding of the Bible -- and no one has done more to popularise this vast store of knowledge than Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman, who revealed what we now know about when and why the Bible was first written in The Bible Unearthed. Now, with David and Solomon, they do nothing less than help us to understand the sacred kings and founding fathers of western civilization. David and his son Solomon are famous in the Bible for their warrior prowess, legendary loves, wisdom, poetry, conquests, and ambitious building programmes. Yet thanks to archaeology's astonishing finds, we now know that most of these stories are myths. Finkelstein and Silberman show us that the historical David was a bandit leader in a tiny back-water called Jerusalem, and how -- through wars, conquests and epic tragedies like the exile of the Jews in the centuries before Christ and the later Roman conquest -- David and his successor were reshaped into mighty kings and even messiahs, symbols of hope to Jews and Christians alike in times of strife and despair and models for the great kings of Europe. A landmark work of research and lucid scholarship by two brilliant luminaries, David and Solomon recasts the very genesis of western history in a whole new light.

Beyond the Texts

An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah
Author: William G. Dever
Publisher: SBL Press
ISBN: 0884142175
Category: Social Science
Page: 772
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A handbook for biblical scholars and historians of the Ancient Near East William G. Dever offers a welcome perspective on ancient Israel and Judah that prioritizes the archaeological remains to render history as it was—not as the biblical writers argue it should have been. Drawing from the most recent archaeological data as interpreted from a nontheological point of view and supplementing that data with biblical material only when it converges with the archaeological record, Dever analyzes all the evidence at hand to provide a new history of ancient Israel and Judah that is accessible to all interested readers. Features A new approach to the history of ancient Israel Extensive bibliography More than eighty maps and illustrations

Of god(s), trees, kings, and scholars

Neo-Assyrian and related studies in honour of Simo Parpola
Author: Mikko Luukko,Saana Svärd,Raija Mattila,Simo Parpola
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Category: Philosophy
Page: 503
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The Assyrian Sacred Tree

A History of Interpretations
Author: Mariana Giovino
Publisher: Saint-Paul
ISBN: 9783525530283
Category: History
Page: 242
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Revised thesis (doctoral) - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004.