The Israelites

The Israelites

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Beginning in the late-13th century BC and ending with the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC, this wide-ranging work looks at Israelite culture and places it within the context of the contemporary Near Eastern world. The book combines recent research with archaeological and epigraphic evidence. It sets the scene with the geography and history of Israel, its origins and social structure, and moves on to look at towns and villages, agriculture, industry and trade, as well as religion and the arts.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 184 x 258 x 34mm | 979.98g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 85 b/w pls, 74 figs
  • 0500050821
  • 9780500050828
  • 1,855,016

Table of contents

The stage of the players: geography; origins and affinities of the Israelites; history; social structure, constitutional ideas, government. Material culture: towns and villages; agriculture; industry; trade; warfare. The world of the spirit: language, scripts and texts; religion; Israelite art.

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Review Text

Another history of the ancient Middle East, but this time focusing on its most famous nation. The author is a leading expert in the field, and presents a detailed account of the latest research into the kingdom of Israel. It is eminently readable, and attempts to answer questions about the Israelites which still hold a compelling fascination today. How accurate is the Bible as a historical record? Where did the Israelites come from, and what was the true fate of their kingdom? Above all, what was the nature of their religion, and what was it which made it so unique and influential? (Kirkus UK)

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