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The Israelites
     

The Israelites

by B. S. J. Isserlin
 
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,

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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 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.

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)

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