The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the near East

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the near East

by Eric M. Meyers
     
 


This comprehensive five-volume work analyzes the archaeological and linguistic data that pertain to the broad cultural milieu of the ancient Near East, the crossroads of three of the world's most influential religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Ranging from prehistoric times up to the early centuries of the rise of Islam, the work covers the civilizations… See more details below

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This comprehensive five-volume work analyzes the archaeological and linguistic data that pertain to the broad cultural milieu of the ancient Near East, the crossroads of three of the world's most influential religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Ranging from prehistoric times up to the early centuries of the rise of Islam, the work covers the civilizations of Syria-Palestine, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, Arabia, Cyprus, Egypt, and the coastal regions of North and East Africa. It includes 1,125 alphabetically arranged entries on sites, languages, material culture, archaeological methods, organizations and institutions, and major excavators and scholars of the field. This one-of-a-kind, accessibly written reference brings new breadth to the study of archaeology in the biblical world, making it a valuable resource not only to scholars and students of archaeology, but also to those with an interest in ancient art and architecture, languages, history, and religion.

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"In more than 1,100 entries, leading archaeologists, historians, and linguists present the results of the latest scholarship on the Ancient Near East...More than 650 drawings, plans, maps and photographs illustrate the articles, while regional maps, and an extensive index...ass to the utility of the work. Both scholar and interested layman alike will consult with profit this important contribution to the study of the Ancient Near East."-- The Classical Outlook

"Reading--even browsing!--through the five volumes of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

...comprises nothing short of an in-depth exposure to and education in archaeology. This beautifully designed reference work is certain to become a classic in the field and a standard reference work for years to come. Indeed, the list of contributors reads as a veritable 'Who's Who?' in archaeolgoy. What is most satisfying...is its range and scope..it particularly excels and distinguishes itself...in its attention to and coverage of the history and theory of the discipline and method of archaeology itself. Even more helpful...is the excellent and extensive index found in volume five. The editor in chief, his consulting editors, and the publishers deserve both our hearty congratulations and our deep gratitude."--The Asbury Theological Journal

"...outstanding quality. A must for libraries."--Religious Studies Review

"It covers not only the Near East, but also includes a significant number of articles on Egypt, as well as contributions on Cyprus, Crete, the Aegean, and even Malta, Sardinia, and Semitic East Africa. Thus its scope extends beyond the geographical area of its title, encompassing those regions which have been influenced by Near Eastern cultures.... an indispensable addition to any serious archaelogical library."--Minerva

"...an indispensable work for anyone doing research on the Bible or archaeology.... a pleasure to read and to use as a reference tool."--Biblical Archaeology Review

"...one of the most important compendiums of information comprising the history of Near Eastern archaeology in recent time."--Bulletin of the History of Archaeology

"An extremely worthy addition to Oxford's publishing list....An excellent introduction to the ancient world and the knowledge that archaeological discoveries have brought us about that world....The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East serves as an invaluable resource for the scholar and is an ideal addition to any history or archaeology collection."--RBB/Booklist

"The latest in a series of important reference works on the ancient Near East, this encyclopedia is distinguished by its comprehensive approach, solid scholarship, highly respected contributors, and usefulness not only to scholars but to general readers....Will be a major authoritative source in this field for some time to come....Essential for all libraries supporting ancient history, archaeology, and Holy Land and Middle Eastern studies as well as world civilizations and the history of art."--Choice

"This superb five-volume reference work will provide students and scholars alike with a wealth of archaeological and historical information on the Near East....The quality and attractive presentation of this encyclopedia will make it a standard reference work for years to come."--The Bible Today

Booknews
This authoritative reference contains 1,100 articles written by some 560 contributors in two dozen countries (of course requiring monumental editorial efforts to assemble and to unify style and content). The encyclopedia encompasses prehistory through the Crusades, with presentation of sites at its core (about 450 of the 1,100 entires are site reports); this is the first time that site reports of the archaeology of the entire Near East have been brought together in a single work. Also featured are several kinds of specialty article covering issues at the cutting edge of the field; among them is a multipart entry on the history of the field, and entries on new archaeology, underwater archaeology, and salvage excavation. Illustrated with black & white photos and line drawings. Each article includes references. Appendixes contain maps. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195065121
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Pages:
2608
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 13.06(h) x 10.50(d)

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