The Archaeology of the Holy Land

Author: Jodi Magness
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139510207
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This book provides an introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine – modern Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories – from the destruction of Solomon's temple in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE. Special attention is paid to the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple period, in the time of Herod the Great and Jesus. For each period, the book offers a historical background for the Mediterranean world and the ancient Near East, as well as the events in Palestine. Major sites such as Masada, Caesarea Maritima and Petra are examined in archaeological and historical detail, along with the material culture – coins, pottery, glass and stone vessels – of each period. This book provides a thorough overview of the archaeology of this historically vibrant part of the world.

David and Solomon

Author: Israel Finkelstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416556885
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.


Author: Robert Cornuke
Publisher: Lifebridge
ISBN: 9781939779090
Format: PDF
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Using clues from scripture, as well as current archaeological technology, the author argues that the temples of Solomon and Herod are not at the site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as traditionally believed, but rather in the City of David.

Palace and Temple

Author: Clifford Mark McCormick
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110907941
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This book is a critical study of the role played by architecture and texts in promoting political and religious ideologies in the ancient world. It explains a palace as an element in royal propaganda seeking to influence social concepts about kingship, and a text about a temple as influencing social concepts about the relationship between God and human beings. Applying the methods of analysis developed in built environment studies, the author interprets the palace and temple building programs of Sennacherib, King of Assyria, and Solomon, King of Israel. The physical evidence for the palace and the verbal evidence for the temple are explained as presenting communicative icons intended to influence contemporary political and religious concepts. The volume concludes with innovative interpretations of the contributions of architectural and verbal icons to religious and political reform.

The Bible Unearthed

Author: Israel Finkelstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743223381
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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.

The City in Ancient Israel

Author: Volkmar Fritz
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781850754770
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Fritz traces not only the location, layout, size, architecture, building materials and water provision of Israelite cities, but also their economics and the social organization of their inhabitants, their everyday life, administration and culture. He traces the history of urban life in the southern Levant from about 3000 BCE to the end of the biblical period. This comprehensive, informative and entertaining account is illustrated throughout with concrete examples taken from the latest archaeological research, illustrated with numerous maps and plans.

Biblical Lachish

Author: David Ussishkin
Publisher: Biblical Archaeology Society
ISBN: 9789652210951
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The “Parting of the Ways” between Judaism and Christianity was not one, but many. It occurred in different ways in different places and in different times. Never before has this multi-faceted process been documented so engagingly and so authoritatively by so many eminent scholars from the United States, England, Israel and elsewhere as in this new book.Anyone interested in this fascinating topic will read this carefully edited, insightful volume as engaging as a novel. Written by world authorities, it's a unique resource easily understood by both the student and interested layperson.

Jerusalem s Temple Mount

Author: Hershel Shanks
Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
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An illustrated history of temples in Jerusalem--from Solomon's time to the present--explores their archeology, legends, inscriptions, biblical interpretations, and forgeries. Original.