Philip's City: From Bethsaida to JuliasPaperback
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- Publisher: Michael Glazier Inc
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 15mm | 454g
- Publication date: 15 March 2011
- ISBN 10: 0814657524
- ISBN 13: 9780814657522
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 1,696,781
In this major revision of his prize-winning 1998 book, "Bethsaida: Home of the Apostles, "Fred Strickert presents nonspecialist readers with the latest findings in the ongoing excavation and evaluation of et-Tell, now identified by many archaeologists as the site of biblical-era Bethsaida. New discoveries have linked the site back to the Iron Age time of David and revealed new connections to the tetrarch Philip and his family. Strickert develops an explanation for the decline and destruction of the city sharply different from his previous conclusion. Readers of "Bethsaida: Home of the Apostles "will want to follow the story into this sequel. "Fred Strickert is professor emeritus of religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and is pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem. He is the author of "Rachel Weeping: Jews, Christians, and Muslims at the Fortress Tomb" (Liturgical Press)."
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Fred M. Strickert's remarkable Philip's City: From Bethsaida to Julias combines the results of two decades of archaeological excavations at et-Tell, identified as the old Geshurite capital from the Iron Age, and much later as Herod Philip's Bethsaida, with numismatic, palaeobotanical, literary, and other evidence to produce a coherent, readable, and outstandingly well documented account of this important city. Richly illustrated with photographs of numerous significant finds, maps, and architectural reconstructions, Philip's City transforms a silent tell in the Southern Golan into a living and vibrant city, the home of David's wife Maachah, mother of Absolom, and the city visited by Jesus.John S. Kloppenborg Professor and Chair, Department and Centre for the Study of Religion University of Toronto, Ontario