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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 ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780760776261
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

    UNIQUE IN SCOPE.

    A HISTORY BUFF? SOME WHAT INTERESTED IN THE BIBLE? BATTLE MAPS? THE AUTHORS PUT YOU RIGHT IN THE ACTION.IF YOU LIKED ASIMOV ON THE BIBLE YOU WILL LOVE THIS.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    This was given to me by my daughter for Mother's Day because I am always studying the Bible or other conflicts around the world. I am thoroughly enjoying this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Battles of the Bible by Chaim Herzog, Mordechai Gichon

    I bought this book because I was having trouble understanding some of the conflicts that are described in Isaiah in the Bible. This book does a good job of laying out a detailed explanation of most of the major battles in the Bible. For instance, Isaiah 37 and 38 talks alot about the tension between Hezekiah and Sennacherib. This book explains why. It goes beyond what's written in the Bible. I recommend this book because it helps the reader see more clearly how God controls the history books and how He works in very mysterious ways. History is not always pretty and terrible things happen but the events that happen to God's people are allowed for the glory of God. This book does require active reading, meaning it isn't a casual read.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Battles of the Bible

    Excellent for the casual reader or the serious student. Adds clarity and depth to my Bible study.

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