Fifty Major Cities of the Bible

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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: 1/13/2006
  • 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 figures ix
List of abbreviations xiii
Preface xv
Illustration credits xvii
Introduction 1
Acco: city with a view 9
Achziv: the city of cemeteries 14
`Ai (et-Tell): if et-Tell is "`Ai," the conquest of Joshua isn't 16
Aphek (Ras el-Ain): the city of palaces 20
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 cemetery 37
Azekah: where the fire went out 43
Beersheba: an Iron Age II Judean town "museum" 46
Bethel (Tell Beitin): no golden calf: yet 52
Bethlehem: was Jesus really born here? 55
BethSaida: from the lost and found department: an Iron Age city reappears 59
Beth-Shean: why is there a "cigar-shaped" coffin in this place? 62
Beth-Shemesh: of mice and (Philistine) men 68
Beth-Zur: a forgotten outpost of Judah? 73
Caesarea Maritima: Herod's city by the sea 76
Caesarea Philippi (Banias): the magnificent palace of Agrippa II 81
Capernaum: of fishermen and gold coins 88
Chorazin: did the curse really work? 96
Damascus: a very old city where Paul almost got himself killed 99
Dan (Tel): Massebot and "high places": the gods of Dan 103
Ekron/Tel Miqne: Philistine capital of the olive oil industry 111
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 Sharuhen 120
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 all 142
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 impressed 176
Megiddo: front-row seat for watching the end of the world 182
Mizpah (Tell en-Nasbeh?): what's an "ebenezer"? 188
Nazareth: a peasant village: hometown of Jesus 192
Ramat Rachel (Beth-Haccherem): why prophets sometimes hated kings 195
Samaria: the pride of the Omrides 198
Shechem: what do all these trees and stones mean? 203
Shiloh: the place of priests 210
Ta'anach: home of the cultic prize 214
Tell Beit Mirsim: what's in a name? 219
Tiberias: the jewel beside the Sea of Galilee 223
Timnah (Tel Batash): a lion, a wife, and a riddle 226
Yokne'am (Tell Qeimum): you don't have to be famous to be important 231
Appendix A The Philistines 235
Appendix B A note on chronology 243
Appendix C Chronology for kings of Israel and Judah 245
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