Fifty Major Cities of the Bible

Fifty Major Cities of the Bible

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by John Laughlin
     
 

From the ruins of the ancient seaside city of Acco, to the small but archaeologically important town of Yokneam, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the ancient cities that played a vital role in the world from which the Bible originated.


Not only covering renowned cities such as Jerusalem and Jericho, the

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Overview

From the ruins of the ancient seaside city of Acco, to the small but archaeologically important town of Yokneam, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the ancient cities that played a vital role in the world from which the Bible originated.


Not only covering renowned cities such as Jerusalem and Jericho, the book also includes lesser known towns like Aroer, Beth-Zur and Gibeah, which have all provided their own valuable contributions to the way in which we now understand the biblical world.


A fascinating, easy-to-follow text, key features include:



• the biblical context of each city or town



• a summary of its known archeological history



• non-biblical references to the site



• photographs and illustrations



• a concise bibliography for further reading


Also provided is a handy reference map to the major archaeological sites in Israel, as well as chronological tables for easy reference.


Concise, informative and high accessible, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible is a superb overview of the cities and towns that made up the Biblical world, and an essential resource for students and enthusiasts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415223140
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/13/2006
Series:
Routledge Key Guides Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of figuresix
List of abbreviationsxiii
Prefacexv
Illustration creditsxvii
Introduction1
Acco: city with a view9
Achziv: the city of cemeteries14
`Ai (et-Tell): if et-Tell is "`Ai," the conquest of Joshua isn't16
Aphek (Ras el-Ain): the city of palaces20
Arad: from ancient Canaanite city to Judean "temple"25
Aroer (in Judah): where did David really go?30
Ashdod: home of the "Ashdoda"33
Ashkelon: home of the Middle Bronze Age silver claf and a Persian dog cemetery37
Azekah: where the fire went out43
Beersheba: an Iron Age II Judean town "museum"46
Bethel (Tell Beitin): no golden calf: yet52
Bethlehem: was Jesus really born here?55
BethSaida: from the lost and found department: an Iron Age city reappears59
Beth-Shean: why is there a "cigar-shaped" coffin in this place?62
Beth-Shemesh: of mice and (Philistine) men68
Beth-Zur: a forgotten outpost of Judah?73
Caesarea Maritima: Herod's city by the sea76
Caesarea Philippi (Banias): the magnificent palace of Agrippa II81
Capernaum: of fishermen and gold coins88
Chorazin: did the curse really work?96
Damascus: a very old city where Paul almost got himself killed99
Dan (Tel): Massebot and "high places": the gods of Dan103
Ekron/Tel Miqne: Philistine capital of the olive oil industry111
Far'ah, Tell el- (North) - biblical Tirzah?: is there a wall of "separation"?116
Far'ah, Tell el- (South): an important city, but probably not Sharuhen120
Gath (Tell es-Safi): "tell it not in Gath"123
Gezer: did Solomon build a city gate here?127
Gibeah (Tell el-Ful?): concubines beware!132
Gibeon (el-Jib): a huge water well and a deadly "game"135
Halif, Tell (Rimmon?): where exactly are we?139
Hazor: the mightiest Canaanite city of them all142
Hebron: of myths and legends: who's buried here?147
Herodian Jericho: why did Herod the Great have to show off so much?150
Heshbon (Tell Hesban): a "lover's eyes"153
Jericho (Tell es-Sultan): a big nail in the coffin of a "militaristic conquest"156
Jerusalem: whatever happened to "David" and "Solomon"?163
Jezreel (Tel): was Omri just boasting?172
Lachish: at least the Assyrians were impressed176
Megiddo: front-row seat for watching the end of the world182
Mizpah (Tell en-Nasbeh?): what's an "ebenezer"?188
Nazareth: a peasant village: hometown of Jesus192
Ramat Rachel (Beth-Haccherem): why prophets sometimes hated kings195
Samaria: the pride of the Omrides198
Shechem: what do all these trees and stones mean?203
Shiloh: the place of priests210
Ta'anach: home of the cultic prize214
Tell Beit Mirsim: what's in a name?219
Tiberias: the jewel beside the Sea of Galilee223
Timnah (Tel Batash): a lion, a wife, and a riddle226
Yokne'am (Tell Qeimum): you don't have to be famous to be important231
Appendix AThe Philistines235
Appendix BA note on chronology243
Appendix CChronology for kings of Israel and Judah245

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