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Archaeology of the land of the Bible - 10,000-586 B.C. Book Review Summary

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This book is part of the Anchor Bible Reference Library, which is aimed at the widest range of readership, from professional to the general reader. As the title of the book says nearly everything, it only remains for me to remark on the excellence of the factual coverage and the balanced approach. It won The Biblical Archaeology Society award 1991 for the 'best scholarly book'. The tone is scientific and historical, and the presentation of the discoveries gives a general background to the Old Testament rather than interpreting the text, although many scriptures are quoted. As it concentrates on the land of Israel it complements works such as Gordon & Rendsburg's 'The Bible and the Ancient Near East', which has a wider scope. There are many good maps, photographs, tables of information, and a list of scriptures referenced. Amihai Mazar is a Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   2000-0 BC    -   Bible Time! History of a people?    -   Yes History of religion?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Israel Religion?    -   Jews!

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Jews! Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Iraq    -   Iran/Persia Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Israel If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   1 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   farmers Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   400-450 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   9 ()

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