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Fifty Major Cities of the Bible : Routledge Key Guides - John Laughlin

Fifty Major Cities of the Bible

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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 figuresp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Illustration creditsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Acco: city with a viewp. 9
Achziv: the city of cemeteriesp. 14
`Ai (et-Tell): if et-Tell is "`Ai," the conquest of Joshua isn'tp. 16
Aphek (Ras el-Ain): the city of palacesp. 20
Arad: from ancient Canaanite city to Judean "temple"p. 25
Aroer (in Judah): where did David really go?p. 30
Ashdod: home of the "Ashdoda"p. 33
Ashkelon: home of the Middle Bronze Age silver claf and a Persian dog cemeteryp. 37
Azekah: where the fire went outp. 43
Beersheba: an Iron Age II Judean town "museum"p. 46
Bethel (Tell Beitin): no golden calf: yetp. 52
Bethlehem: was Jesus really born here?p. 55
BethSaida: from the lost and found department: an Iron Age city reappearsp. 59
Beth-Shean: why is there a "cigar-shaped" coffin in this place?p. 62
Beth-Shemesh: of mice and (Philistine) menp. 68
Beth-Zur: a forgotten outpost of Judah?p. 73
Caesarea Maritima: Herod's city by the seap. 76
Caesarea Philippi (Banias): the magnificent palace of Agrippa IIp. 81
Capernaum: of fishermen and gold coinsp. 88
Chorazin: did the curse really work?p. 96
Damascus: a very old city where Paul almost got himself killedp. 99
Dan (Tel): Massebot and "high places": the gods of Danp. 103
Ekron/Tel Miqne: Philistine capital of the olive oil industryp. 111
Far'ah, Tell el- (North) - biblical Tirzah?: is there a wall of "separation"?p. 116
Far'ah, Tell el- (South): an important city, but probably not Sharuhenp. 120
Gath (Tell es-Safi): "tell it not in Gath"p. 123
Gezer: did Solomon build a city gate here?p. 127
Gibeah (Tell el-Ful?): concubines beware!p. 132
Gibeon (el-Jib): a huge water well and a deadly "game"p. 135
Halif, Tell (Rimmon?): where exactly are we?p. 139
Hazor: the mightiest Canaanite city of them allp. 142
Hebron: of myths and legends: who's buried here?p. 147
Herodian Jericho: why did Herod the Great have to show off so much?p. 150
Heshbon (Tell Hesban): a "lover's eyes"p. 153
Jericho (Tell es-Sultan): a big nail in the coffin of a "militaristic conquest"p. 156
Jerusalem: whatever happened to "David" and "Solomon"?p. 163
Jezreel (Tel): was Omri just boasting?p. 172
Lachish: at least the Assyrians were impressedp. 176
Megiddo: front-row seat for watching the end of the worldp. 182
Mizpah (Tell en-Nasbeh?): what's an "ebenezer"?p. 188
Nazareth: a peasant village: hometown of Jesusp. 192
Ramat Rachel (Beth-Haccherem): why prophets sometimes hated kingsp. 195
Samaria: the pride of the Omridesp. 198
Shechem: what do all these trees and stones mean?p. 203
Shiloh: the place of priestsp. 210
Ta'anach: home of the cultic prizep. 214
Tell Beit Mirsim: what's in a name?p. 219
Tiberias: the jewel beside the Sea of Galileep. 223
Timnah (Tel Batash): a lion, a wife, and a riddlep. 226
Yokne'am (Tell Qeimum): you don't have to be famous to be importantp. 231
The Philistinesp. 235
A note on chronologyp. 243
Chronology for kings of Israel and Judahp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415223157
ISBN-10: 0415223156
Series: Routledge Key Guides
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 9th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1