Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography

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Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography traces the turbulent history of the Holy City on the 3,000th anniversary of its establishment by King David as the capital of Israel. The reader will follow archaeologists as they discover where Jesus was buried, what Solomon's Temple looked like, and how David captured the city. Here, too, is the painful evidence of the city's repeated destruction - by the Babylonians, led by the rapacious Nebuchadnezzar, and then by the Romans, under Titus. This comprehensive, ...
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Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography traces the turbulent history of the Holy City on the 3,000th anniversary of its establishment by King David as the capital of Israel. The reader will follow archaeologists as they discover where Jesus was buried, what Solomon's Temple looked like, and how David captured the city. Here, too, is the painful evidence of the city's repeated destruction - by the Babylonians, led by the rapacious Nebuchadnezzar, and then by the Romans, under Titus. This comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-the-minute account debunks many long-standing theories: Solomon's Stables were not built by Solomon, nor were they a stable, and the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus and where Jesus was arrested, was not a garden but a cave. Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography is like a visit to Jerusalem, and more instructive: 200 full-color pictures lead the reader through a clear and fascinating text filled with little-known details. This authoritative book is the perfect introduction to the Holy City.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shanks, president of the Biblical Archaeology Sociey and editor of Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls (Random, 1993), has produced a sumptuous commemorative volume to mark the "3,000th anniversary of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." He lavishly uses well-chosen, high-quality color photos, drawings, and plans. Two pages of simplified time lines put the major events of the book in clear chronological perspective. The 14 chapters range from "Jerusalem before the Israelites" and "How David Conquered Jerusalem" to "Herodian Jerusalem" and "Modern and Crusader Jerusalem." Shanks writes in an informal style and keeps the archaeology relatively simple. Although he incorporates the latest research, he does not introduce anything new. His work is an informative coffee-table book for the educated public; students in the field will find it an interesting, albeit expensive, picture book and summary of the highlights of Jerusalem's archaeology.-Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Ilene Cooper
Although no one knows the exact date of Jerusalem's founding, 1996 has been designated as its 3,000th anniversary. Shanks, the editor of "Biblical Archaeology Review", offers a great anniversary present in the form of this impressive book. It begins with the remains of a house from the Bronze Age and takes readers on an archaeological tour that ends with the Ottoman period. And what a tour it is! Discover Jesus' tomb, Solomon's temple, and the palaces of Herod, just to name a few stops along the way. Shanks is able to pinpoint important finds and wrap them with history while, at the same time, introducing readers to the scientific techniques that make these finds possible. Matching the excellent text are numerous photographs and illustrations that capture both the mystery of this holiest of cities and its surprising everydayness. Jerusalem is a place where people have lived, dreamed, and died for a very long time, and this book offers fitting celebration of that fact.
Booknews
The author began this history as an article for his journal, Biblical Archaeology Review, to participate in the 1996 tri- millennium celebration of King David's establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (the city was already about 2,500 years old at that time). The article grew to book length and is here accompanied by some 200 color photos (well-chosen, but reproduction is a bit flat). Writing for a non-expert audience, Shanks examines the archaeological evidence, explains its interpretation, and discusses some areas of diverse interpretations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679445265
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/3/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Jerusalem Time Line
Introduction
I Jerusalem Before the Israelites 1
II How David Conquered Jerusalem 11
III The Fortress of Zion and the Puzzle of the Millo 25
IV The Tombs of David and Other Kings of Judah 35
V King Solomon and the Lord's House 47
VI The Capital of the Kingdom of Judah 79
VII The Babylonians Destroy the City and Burn the Temple 105
VIII Jerusalem During the Exile and Return 115
IX Hellenistic and Hasmonean Jerusalem 125
X Herodian Jerusalem 137
XI The Jerusalem of Jesus 179
XII The Second Jewish Revolt and Aelia Capitolina 215
XIII Byzantine Jerusalem 225
XIV Moslem and Crusader Jerusalem 233
Notes 245
Select Bibliography 249
Illustration Credits 251
Index 252
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