Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives by p>Jonathan M. Golden

By p>Jonathan M. Golden

Ancient Canaan and Israel takes readers past the scriptural portrayals of the area and into the standard lives of Canaanites and Israelites. It attracts on lately came across archaeological proof and clean interpretations of biblical and extrabiblical texts to teach how archaeologists and different researchers reconstruct the numerous points of those civilizations—political, geographic, social, financial, non secular, technological, and aesthetic.

For skilled students or enthusiastic newbies, it really is an enlightening portrayal of the folks and the land of Canaan and Israel, which strains many recognized non secular and cultural traditions again to their historical roots. it's also an aim creation to a couple of much-debated subject matters, reminiscent of the destiny of the Canaanite cultures, the origins of the Israelites, and the historic accuracy of the Bible.

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Woolley and Lawrence succeeded in identifying and documenting several important Nabatean cities while collecting information for military reconnaissance (Silberman 1982), though the PEF was not forthcoming about these efforts (Moscrop 2000). The convergence of military and scholarly interests is perhaps best represented by the fact that in 1914 Woolley and Lawrence’s report was received by both the War Office and the Palestine Exploration Fund in London. Meanwhile, a PEF Quarterly Statement of 1915 touted the utility of “surveying, map-making, and all that contributes to a better knowledge of a country, its resources, and its people,” saying that such projects were “of enormous practical importance” and generally of help to the war effort.

By the mid-Iron 2, the southern highlands were part of the Judean Kingdom, while the northern foothill zone was the site of the Kingdom of Israel; at various points in time, the south was more likely to have hosted significant pastoral populations. Two specific ecological problems for the central hill country were the amount of arable land and the water supply. e. and possibly earlier (Fig. 8). The problem of water supply was solved in several ways, most notably through the use of cisterns, which probably began around the same time as the terraces.

A. Smith and A. P. Stanley toward the end of the century. ” Archaeology and the Military By the beginning of the twentieth century, the efforts of the PEF had become entwined with the goals of the imperialist British government. The British turned their attention toward the Negev, the biblical “Wilderness of Zin,” a region that represented a potentially key point in the growing conflict between the British and Ottomans. One of the most famous surveys in Near Eastern archaeology was that conducted by Leonard Woolley (excavator of the Mesopotamian City of Ur) and T.

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