Spies of the Bible

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In Spies of the Bible, Rose Mary Sheldon highlights the importance of espionage and traces the role intelligence has played from the Jewish exodus from Egypt to the Bar Kochba Revolt. The Near East has been fiercely contested by various parties for thousands of years, and much of the fighting was conducted not in large-scale battles and confrontations, but in smaller guerrilla operations of low-intensity conflict. Since the very key to guerrilla operations or surprise attacks is knowing where the enemy will be, timely and accurate intelligence is essential. The Jews fought as guerrillas when they were nomads in the desert trying to take over the cities of Canaan. As an occupied state, they fought three wars of liberation against the Greeks and Romans. This too meant fighting as guerrillas, employing terrorist tactics and organizing clandestinely. The modern irony is that it is the Jews who are the established power in their homeland, and it is the Palestinians who are fighting a guerrilla war in the form of the intifada. This type of warfare seems to be endemic to the region because of its small size, and therefore intelligence will always play a large part in any conflict. Rose Mary Sheldon’s book is the first substantial work to examine warfare in the ancient Near East and the crucial role of intelligence gathering in the Holy Land. Her text includes an analysis of the Last Supper, the trial of Jesus before Pontius Pilate, the attack on Masada, the Maccabees and the Battles of Beth Horon, Emmaus and Beth Zur.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781853676369
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Col. Rose Mary Sheldon received her Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Michigan and is currently Head of the Department of History at the Virginia Military Institute. Her special field is intelligence history and she is on the Editorial boards of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, The Journal of Military History and Small Wars and Insurgencies, and has written more than three dozen articles on aspects of ancient intelligence. Her books include Espionage in the Ancient World: An Annotated Bibliography and Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods, But Verify.

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Table of Contents


List of Maps     8
Chronology     9
Acknowledgements     11
Preface     13
Exodus and Entrance: Prologomena to Biblical Research in the Twenty-First Century     21
Part I
The Book of Joshua     41
The Book of Judges     63
The United Monarchy     84
The Maccabean Revolt     99
Judith's Disinformation Campaign     112
Postscript: Spies in the Old Testament     117
Part II
The Jews Against Rome     129
The Jesus File     153
Israel's Last Stand - The Bar Kokhba Revolt     179
Postscript: Spying for Yahweh     200
List of Abbreviations     213
Notes     217
Bibliography     271
Intelligence Glossary     297
Index     299
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