The Israelites

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Many people's image of the Israelites is shaped by the Bible, and in this way ancient Israel seems more familiar than most other ancient nations. But what do we actually know about the lives and beliefs of the early Israelites? How far does the story told by the Bible match the historical and archaeological record? In his wide-ranging and authoritative survey, beginning in the late thirteenth century B.C. and ending with the catastrophic fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., Ben Isserlin looks at all aspects of ...
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Overview

Many people's image of the Israelites is shaped by the Bible, and in this way ancient Israel seems more familiar than most other ancient nations. But what do we actually know about the lives and beliefs of the early Israelites? How far does the story told by the Bible match the historical and archaeological record? In his wide-ranging and authoritative survey, beginning in the late thirteenth century B.C. and ending with the catastrophic fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., Ben Isserlin looks at all aspects of Israelite culture, both material and intellectual, and places it within the context of the contemporary Near Eastern world. The book first sets the scene with the geography and history of Israel, its origins and social structure; it then surveys towns and villages, agriculture, industry, and trade, as well as the spiritual world of religion, literature, art, and music. Combining the latest Biblical research with archaeological and epigraphic evidence, this book will prove invaluable to both general and specialist readers, as well as to anyone interested in the Bible and its world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500050828
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
Pt. 1 The Stage and the Players
1 Geography: The Land and its Resources 21
2 Origins and Affinities of the Israelites 48
3 History 65
4 Social Structure, Constitutional Ideas and Government 93
Pt. 2 The Material Culture
5 Towns and Villages: Planning and Architecture 111
6 Agriculture 149
7 Industries and Crafts 160
8 Trade and the Economic System 181
9 Warfare 192
Pt. 3 The World of the Spirit
10 Language, Writing and Texts 204
11 Religion 234
12 Israelite Art 261
Epilogue 287
Select Bibliography 289
Acknowledgments 298
Sources of Illustrations 298
Index 300
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