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A readable and comprehensive history of both the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and the 'United Monarchy' under Saul, David and Solomon, based on Biblical, epigraphic and archaeological sources. The authors, both professors at Emory U., are careful not to go beyond the proven, and where there are conflicts, anachronisms or problems with the source material, they point them out. The latest theories and trends in Biblical Archaeology are brought into play, even though Miller and Hayes occas...
this book is a ponderous, prodigious scholarly text that examines the chronological history of Israel and Judah from its beginnings in the Iron Age, through the Davidic dynasty, the Omride and Jehudic dynasties, the Assyrian conquest, until the Neo-Babylonian Conquest under Cyrus. If one is approaching this subject from an interest in Middle Eastern archaeology and antiquity, the text's incorporation and explanations of the various peoples and empires that influenced and interacted with Israel,
This was an interesting read. I found it valuable to pair along with several other books covering the same subject. The reason this is required is because of the bias each different author lends to their work when presenting history. Even when trying to not have a bias, everyone has one; it is unavoidable.
A comprehensive analysis of Ancient Israel. It compares and collates, biblical, epigraphical and archaeological evidence in order to present an accurate historical perspective of ancient Israel. Overall it is an interesting read.
Maybe if I was more of a Biblical scholar...or a scholar at all, I would have enjoyed this book more. The fact that I am not made the chapters relating biblical events to the archeology of the region too long and detailed for my taste.
A great into to the area of study. The first chapter is a bit dense, but on the whole the book is easy to read and understand. Also good for dipping in and out for topics of interest.