The Battles of Armageddon

The Battles of Armageddon : Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age

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WINNER >Best Popular Book on Archaeology --Biblical Archaeology SocietyApocalypse. Judgment Day. The End Time. Armageddon. Students of the Bible know it as the place where the cataclysmic battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil will unfold. Many believe that this battle will take place in the very near future. But few know that Armageddon is a real place--one that has seen more fighting and bloodshed than any other spot on earth.The name Armageddon is a corruption of the Hebrew phrase Har Megiddo, and it means "Mount of Megiddo." More than thirty bloody conflicts have been fought at the ancient site of Megiddo and adjacent areas of the Jezreel Valley during the past four thousand years. Egyptians, Israelites, Greeks, Muslims, Crusaders, Mongols, British, Germans, Arabs, and Israelis have all fought and died here. The names of the warring leaders reverberate throughout history: Thutmose III, Deborah, Gideon, Saul and Jonathan, Jezebel, Saladin, Napoleon, and Allenby, to name but the most famous. Throughout history Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley have been ground zero for battles that determined the very course of civilization. No wonder that the author of Revelation believed Armageddon, the penultimate battle between good and evil, would also take place here!The Battles of Armageddon introduces readers to a rich cast of ancient and modern warriors, while bringing together for the first time the wide range of conflicts that have been fought at Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age.Eric H. Cline has participated in more than seventeen seasons of excavation and survey in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and the United States. He is currently a Senior Staff Archaeologist at the ongoing excavations of Megiddo."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • The University of Michigan Press
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • figs.1tab.M.
  • 0472097393
  • 9780472097395

Review Text

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)show more