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The Fortifications of Ancient Israel and Judah 1200-586 BC

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This book provides a detailed study of the fortifications of the founders of Ancient Israel from the time of their first settlement in the Middle East, through the periods of the united and divided kingdoms, until the sack of Jersualem in 586 BC. It begins in the period of Israelite settlement in the First Iron Age period (1200-1000 BC). The extensive fortifications created by the famous kings Saul, David and Solomon are covered, including Gibeah, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Hazor and Gezer, which are described in the ...

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Overview

This book provides a detailed study of the fortifications of the founders of Ancient Israel from the time of their first settlement in the Middle East, through the periods of the united and divided kingdoms, until the sack of Jersualem in 586 BC. It begins in the period of Israelite settlement in the First Iron Age period (1200-1000 BC). The extensive fortifications created by the famous kings Saul, David and Solomon are covered, including Gibeah, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Hazor and Gezer, which are described in the Bible. The period of the Divided Monarchy saw the creation of two separate political entities: the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The enemies the two kingdoms faced in this period included Moab, Edom, the Arameans as well as the mighty empires of Assyria, Babylonia and Egypt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035081
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Rocca was born in Milan, Italy but now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three sons. He served with the Israeli Defense Forces, and has worked as a teacher and a curator at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. Having studied biblical and classical archaeology at undergraduate level at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he went on to complete his MA there, before researching his PhD on Herodian Judaea at Bar-Ilan University. Samuel has given papers at numerous international conventions, and written articles for several academic journals. This is his first book for Osprey Publishing. The author lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The Israelite settlement

The Development of the Fortifications 7

Iron Age I from huts to houses

Iron Age IIA the United Monarchy

Iron Age IIB the Divided Monarchy

Iron Age IIC Judah alone

The Principles of Defence: Iron Age II 19

City planning

The elements of defence

Tour of the Sites 25

The Northern Kingdom of Israel

The Southern Kingdom of Judah

The Negev

The Judaean Desert, the Judaean Hills, and Shephelah

The Living Sites 40

In time of war

The Sites at War 48

Sennacherib's campaign in Judah 701 BC

Aftermath 55

The Sites Today 60

Chronology 62

Bibliography 63

Index 64

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