Drawing on the most recent, groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources (including the Bible) to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted world history during the Greco-Roman period.
The authors demonstrate how the transformation of the ancient Near East under the influence of the Greeks and then the Romans led to foundational changes in both the material and intellectual worlds of the Levant. Palestine's subjection to Hellenistic kingdoms, its rule by the Hasmonean and Herodian dynasties, the two disastrous Jewish revolts against Rome, and its full incorporation into the Roman Empire provide a background for the emergence of Christianity. The authors observe in the archaeological record how Judaism and Christianity were virtually undistinguishable for centuries, until the rise of imperial Christianity with Emperor Constantine.
The only book-length overview available that focuses on the archaeology of Palestine in this period, this comprehensive and powerfully illuminating work sheds new light on the lands of the Bible.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Series:||Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Persian Period and the Transition to Hellenism 1
Chapter 2 The Advent of Hellenism Under the Greek Kingdoms and the Hasmoneans (332-37 B.C.E.) 11
Chapter 3 Herod the Great and the Introduction of Roman Architecture 50
Chapter 4 Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls 83
Chapter 5 From Herod to the Great Revolt 113
Chapter 6 The Great Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Rebellion 139
Chapter 7 The Emergence of Christianity 174
Chapter 8 Early Judaism and the Rise of the Synagogue 203
Chapter 9 The Archaeology of Paganism 239
Chapter 10 The Growth of Greco-Roman Culture and the Case of Sepphoris 260
Chapter 11 After Constantine: Beyond the Roman Period 285
List of Abbreviations 295
Subject Index 349
Index of Place Names 355
Index of Passages Cited 359
Color plates appear following page 176