The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear AgeHardback
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- Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 25mm | 544g
- Publication date: 1 January 2001
- Publication City/Country: Ann Arbor, MI
- ISBN 10: 0472097393
- ISBN 13: 9780472097395
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: figs.1tab.M.
One site. Thirty battles over four thousand years. Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Israelis
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This is an oddly presented volume, cheaply printed and illustrated with black and white photos whose main feature is a large, disfiguring white rectangle bearing the initials 'FPO'. It is unbound, with a cellophane cover, and the 'Notes to pages' headings are uninformative. The method of this book is hardly original, though not without merit. It examines in chronological order the various battles fought at Megiddo in Israel's Jezreel Valley. The combatants range from Bronze Age chieftains to General Allenby's Palestinian command and the participants in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Written by an archaeologist it is perhaps too technical for a reader with only a general interst in the subject, who will not perhaps wish to pause to consider whether an inscription was written in the boustrophedon manner, or was miscopied and requires a reverse order reading, in order to establish the precise campaign route of Shosheng I. But despite its factual, pedantic tone, the book offers the patient reader an opportunity to tease out a number of astonishing stories, which have formed the basis of epic poems, biblical chronicles and historical novels. The last chapter, on 'The Battle between Good and Evil' examines the image of Armageddon, the apocalyptic judgement Day, and considers whether the extraordinary images in the Gospel of John are symbolic only, or intended as prophecy as well. (Kirkus UK)