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Product Details

  • Series: Peoples of the Past (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (February 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080613108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806131085
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author posits that the Israelites were in fact a sub-set of Canaanite culture and many parallels are drawn in the book on this point.
James
I do think, though, that his book provides a good introductory overview on this subject, but if you are interested in detail, then I would recommend Mazar's book.
David Oldacre
The work is well written, but for those unfamiliar with the sites and geology/terrain, the book demands a considerable learning curve to be appreciated.
Red Harvest

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James on May 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book begins with coverage of Canaanite beginnings in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods (8500-3300 bce) and continues through the Late Iron Age (900-539 bce). It does conclude with a synopsis of Canaanite connections to Phoenicians subsequent Carthaginian ties concluding with the close of the third Punic War. The bulk of the detail of Canaanite culture, however, is provided for the periods between 8500 bce and 539 bce.
The author (Jonathan N. Tubb)has directed the British Museum's excavations at Tell es-Sa'idiyeh in present-day Jordan since 1985 and is curator of Syria-Palestine within the Western Asiatic Department of the British Museum.
Tubb provides easy-to-read details of ancient international trading systems between the Canaanites and other culture groups from the Egyptians and Mycenaeans to Indus River Valley peoples. Though based primarily on archeological evidence to infer Canaanite culture habits, the book also objectively takes into account many historically accurate aspects from written records both Biblical and secular.
Extra-cultural influences upon the Canaanites are inferred through changing burial techniques (particularly Canaanite shaft tombs), architecture, and to a lesser extent, pottery styles. Evidence from archeological sites in Persia and Egypt show how widespread trade was even at such an early time in ancient history.
Pieces of the archeological puzzle are fit together with historical written records to show when and where new culture groups began to settle in the region and what eventually became of the Canaanites.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Oldacre on April 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading "Archaeology of the Land of the Bible" by Amihai Mazar and "Who were the Early Israelites and Where did they come from?" by William Dever, it seemed to me that this book on the Canaanites would be a useful complement to these two works. It was published relatively recently (1998) as part of the "Peoples of the Past" series, and I felt that the author has sufficient scholarly credentials for it to be reasonably objective. It is a fairly short book (160 pages) and its primary focus is on the archaeological and written evidence of the peoples of the land of Canaan from the earliest the period c 8500BCE up to the conquest of the Persian Empire by Alexander the Great in 332BCE.

As with other informative books on archaeology about "The Land of the Bible", there is an introductory chapter which reviews basic assumptions, and this is important because it lets the reader know in advance where the author is coming from.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red Harvest on January 19, 2006
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This is an informative, balanced work that will reward an archeology student or patient layman with a fuller understanding of the Canaanite culture/structure. This includes how the cities of Canaan interacted with their neighbors (particularly Egypt), the infiltration of the various "Sea Peoples", Hebrew/Israelite conquest and control, as well as what Canaan gave to the world (the basis of our alphabet), and finally insight into Canaanite culture's powerful Phoenician/Carthaginian descendents.

Canaanites relies primarily on archaeological data. This is both a strength and a weakness since it removes much of the speculative Biblical interpretations (and many agenda.) While the archaeological finds are interesting, they are most interesting when placed into a recognizable historical context and that most often means Biblical, Egyptian or Ugarit type texts. The author often fails to provide this historical context until late in a chapter or in the book, instead leaving the reader to slog through the list of stratum, dates, and Tells looking for a familiar landmark. The work is well written, but for those unfamiliar with the sites and geology/terrain, the book demands a considerable learning curve to be appreciated.

The crucial early summary of Canaan and Canaanites is lost or fragmented among the discussion of how to approach and interpret the archaeology.

Unless one is already intimately familiar with the geology of the Levant, a geographic atlas map is a necessary companion. The two small outline maps provide a fine list of sites, but little else to guide the reader through the geographical text.

Despite the above criticisms, I recommend this book to anyone seeking a balanced, archaeological approach to Canaan's history and peoples, but be cautioned that this is not a work suited for skimming. The author's reasoning and approach to various issues appear sound.
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