Battles of the Bible: A Military History of Ancient Israelby Chaim Herzog, Mordechai Gichon
The Bible's military accounts, told in vivid detail, cover a vast period, from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command, through the conquest of the kingdom by David and Solomon and the split of the kingdom into Judah and Israel, to the Maccabees' successful rebellion against Seleucid domination. The reliability of these accounts is supported by their technical accuracy and by descriptions of topographic conditions peculiar battlefields. They bear comparison with military campaigns well after the biblical era, and provide strategic and tactical lessons of value even today. They are also an essential key to understanding the events of the time, when the struggle for independence and survival overshadowed all other aspects of daily life. National identity and security remains a vital issue in the region today, and many of the places that figure in the biblical accounts still retain their military importance.
Battles of the Bible is a fascinating and valuable work, not only for its exacting scrutiny of the biblical accounts, but also for its insight into their wider and continuing relevance. This new, thoroughly revised edition takes into account current historical and archaeological research, as well as modern trends in biblical scholarship.
Chaim Herzog served in the British Army during World War II and then in the Israel Defence Forces, and was thereafter Director of Israel Military Intelligence, Military Governor of the West Bank, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations and President of Israel. His other books include The Arab-Israeli Wars.
Mordechai Gichon, who is an expert in the military history, geography and archaeology of Israel in earlier periods, served in the British Army during World War II and in the Israel Defence Forces in a variety of senior Intelligence posts. He has held major academic positions in military history and archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and has written many articles and excavation reports, and three full books.
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