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    Fifty Major Cities of the Bible From Dan to Beersheba

    ISBN-10: 0415223148
    ISBN-13: 9780415223140
    Author(s): John C. H. Laughlin
    Description: From the ruins of the ancient seaside city of Acco, to the small but archaeologically important town of Yokneam, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the ancient cities that played a vital role in the world  More...
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    Publisher: Routledge
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 264
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.990
    Language: English

    From the ruins of the ancient seaside city of Acco, to the small but archaeologically important town of Yokneam, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the ancient cities that played a vital role in the world from which the Bible originated. Not only covering renowned cities such as Jerusalem and Jericho, the book also includes lesser known towns like Aroer, Beth-Zur and Gibeah, which have all provided their own valuable contributions to the way in which we now understand the biblical world. A fascinating, easy-to-follow text, key features include: * the biblical context of each city or town * a summary of its known archeological history * non-biblical references to the site * photographs and illustrations * a concise bibliography for further reading Also provided is a handy reference map to the major archaeological sites in Israel, as well as chronological tables for easy reference. Concise,informative and high accessible, Fifty Major Cities of the Bible is a superb overview of the cities and towns that made up the Biblical world, and an essential resource for students and enthusiasts.

    List of figures
    List of abbreviations
    Preface
    Illustration credit
    Introduction
    Acco: city with a view
    Achziv: the city of cemeteries
    'Ai (et-Tell): if et-Tell is "'Ai," the conquest of Joshua isn't
    Aphek (Ras el-Ain): the city of palaces
    Arad: from ancient Canaanite city to Judean "temple"
    Aroer (in Judah): where did David really go?
    Ashdod: home of the "Ashdoda"
    Ashkelon: home of the Middle Bronze Age silver calf and a Persian dog cemetery
    Azekah: where the fire went out
    Beersheba: an Iron Age II Judean town "museum"
    Bethel (Tell Beitin): no golden calf: yet
    Bethlehem: was Jesus really born here?
    BethSaida: from the lost and found department: an Iron Age city reappears
    Beth-Shean: why is there a "cigar-shaped" coffin in this place?
    Beth-Shemesh: of mice and (Philistine) men
    Beth-Zur: a forgotten outpost of Judah?
    Caesarea Maritima: Herod's city by the sea
    Caesarea Philippi (Banias): the magnificent palace of Agrippa II
    Capernaum: of fishermen and gold coins
    Chorazin: did the curse really work?
    Damascus: a very old city where Paul almost got himself killed
    Dan (Tel): Massebot and "high places": the gods of Dan
    Ekron/Tel Miqne: Philistine capital of the olive oil industry
    Far'ah, Tell el- (North) - biblical Tirzah?: is there a wall of "separation"?
    Far'ah, Tell el- (South): an important city, but probably not Sharuhen
    Gath (Tell es-Safi): "tell it not in Gath"
    Gezer: did Solomon build a city gate here?
    Gibeah (Tell el-Ful?): concubines beware!
    Gibeon (el-Jib): a huge water well and a deadly "game"
    Halif, Tell (Rimmon?): where exactly are we?
    Hazor: the mightiest Canaanite city of them all
    Hebron: of myths and legends: who's buried here?
    Herodian Jericho: why did Herod the Great have to show off so much?
    Heshbon (Tell Hesban): a "lover's eyes"
    Jericho (Tell es-Sultan): a big nail in the coffin of a "militaristic conquest"
    Jerusalem: whatever happened to "David" and "Solomon"?
    Jezreel (Tel): was Omri just boasting?
    Lachish: at least the Assyrians were impressed
    Megiddo: front-row seat for watching the end of the world
    Mizpah (Tell en-Nasbeh?): what's an "ebenezer"?
    Nazareth: a peasant village: hometown of Jesus
    Ramat Rachel (Beth-Haccherem): why prophets sometimes hated kings
    Samaria: the pride of the Omrides
    Shechem: what do all these trees and stones mean?
    Shiloh: the place of priests
    Ta'anach: home of the cultic prize
    Tell Beit Mirsim: what's in a name?
    Tiberias: the jewel beside the Sea of Galilee
    Timnah (Tel Batash): a lion, a wife, and a riddle
    Yokne'am (Tell Qeimum): you don't have to be famous to be important
    The Philistines
    A note on chronology
    Chronology for kings of Israel and Judah

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