The Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine: From Their Jewish Origins to the Birth of Christianity

The Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine: From Their Jewish Origins to the Birth of Christianity

by Ariel Lewin
     
 


The regions that compose the current state of Israel and the emerging state of Palestine have yielded a wealth of fascinating archaeological evidence, from the Dead Sea Scrolls found in a cave in 1947 by a Bedouin searching for a lost sheep, to the remains of Roman camps and King Herod's luxurious palaces at the besieged city of Masada.
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The regions that compose the current state of Israel and the emerging state of Palestine have yielded a wealth of fascinating archaeological evidence, from the Dead Sea Scrolls found in a cave in 1947 by a Bedouin searching for a lost sheep, to the remains of Roman camps and King Herod's luxurious palaces at the besieged city of Masada.
The authors begin with introductions to the complicated and turbulent history of the region in which a series of invaders, including Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, and Macedonians conquered and ruled over its people. The long reign of the Romans in the area is given particular attention-a reign that produced the infamous client rulers Herod the Great and Pontius Pilate, as well as two Jewish revolts against their Roman overlords, both of which met with brutal suppression.
Lewin also analyzes eighteen ancient city-sites, including the familiar, such as Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and the less well-known, such as Herodion, with its extravagant palace-fortress, and Scythopolis, with its Roman temples and baths. This book provides an enlightening overview of a region that continues to capture the attention of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892368006
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Ariel Lewin is an instructor in Roman history at the University of Basilicata, Pontenza, Italy, and the author of The Roman Imperial City in the East.

Table of Contents

Preface6
Jewish origins8
Roman Judea and Palestine11
Jerusalem44
Capernaum66
Tiberias74
Sepphoris80
Hammat Gader88
Scythopolis (Beth Shean)92
Samaria-Sebaste (Shomeron)100
Neapolis106
Jericho110
Herodion116
Qumran120
Masada126
Bethlehem138
Hebron and Mamre144
Caesarea148
Ashkelon (Ascalon)156
Gaza162
Towns of the Negev166
Synagogues, churches, and monasteries178

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