By John C. H. Laughlin

From the ruins of the traditional beach urban of Acco, to the small yet archaeologically very important city of Yokneam, Fifty significant towns of the Bible presents readers with a accomplished advisor to the traditional towns that performed an important function on the planet from which the Bible originated.

Not purely masking well known towns akin to Jerusalem and Jericho, the booklet additionally comprises lesser recognized cities like Aroer, Beth-Zur and Gibeah, that have all supplied their very own worthwhile contributions to the best way we now comprehend the biblical world.

A attention-grabbing, easy-to-follow textual content, key positive factors include:

* the biblical context of every urban or city

* a precis of its identified archeological heritage

* non-biblical references to the location

* images and illustrations

* a concise bibliography for extra interpreting

Also supplied is a convenient reference map to the key archaeological websites in Israel, in addition to chronological tables for simple reference.

Concise, informative and excessive obtainable, Fifty significant towns of the Bible is a wonderful evaluation of the towns and cities that made up the Biblical international, and a vital source for college kids and enthusiasts.

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Following a brief use by “squatters,” the site was abandoned for some 1500 years until the eleventh century BCE. The importance of Arad for understanding the Early Bronze Age in general, as well as the daily lives of the people who lived there, is difficult to over-estimate. The well-preserved state of so many of the remains provides an archaeological “snap shot” of everyday life as well as the degree of urban sophistication attained by its inhabitants. After a 1500-year gap in occupation, the northeastern hill of the site was rebuilt beginning in the eleventh century BCE.

In addition, jars and kraters containing ashes of the deceased witness to the practice of cremation (Northern Cemetery) and, in one instance, a tophet (usually associated with child sacrifice), was discovered. These cemeteries were not just used for burials, however. There is evidence that cultic rituals of some nature also occurred here. This is especially true in the Northern Cemetery. The grave goods indicate that Achziv was a prosperous Sidonian city with ties to the larger Mediterranean region.

Atiqot 9–10. Jerusalem: Department of Antiquities, 1971. –––– and David Noel Freedman. Ashdod I: The First Season of Excavation (1962). ‘Atiqot 7. Jerusalem: Department of Antiquities, 1967. –––– and Yosef Porath. Ashdod IV: Excavations of Area M. ‘Atiqot 15. Jerusalem: Department of Antiquities, 1982. –––– Ashdod V: Excavations of Area G, the Fourth–Sixth Seasons of Excavations (1968–1970). ‘Atiqot 23. Jerusalem: Department of Antiquities, 1993. Ussishkin, David. ” BASOR 227–278 (1990): 71–91.

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