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Cities of the Biblical World: An Introduction to the Archaeology, Geography, and History of Biblical Sites Hardcover – May 1, 1997

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"This volume is 'user friendly' and full of relevant historical and geographical information. Readers will find cities from antiquity described in such ways that the broader biblical world comes into focus and the Bible's setting is illumined. . . . this is a handy reference volume for [readers'] perusal."
—J. Andrew Dearman, Professor Old Testament Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"The book should fill an important niche in instructional work in biblical history and archaeology. It provides in one easily accessible source information that is available only in multiple sources. The next time I offer our course in Archaeology and the Ancient Near East, this book will be one of the texts."
—Bruce C. Cresson, W. W. Melton Professor of Religion and Director, Institute of Archaeology, Baylor University -- Review

LaMoine DeVries' Cities Of The Biblical World is designed to introduce studies of the Bible to the archaeology, geography, and history of many of the important sites of the Old and New Testament worlds. Many of these sites were centers for trade, religion, defense, culture, industry, and government. DeVries details the development of significant sites from villages and towns to cities and seaports, based on how the site could meet the essential needs of the people. The availability of water or arable land, proximity to trade routes, and easily defensible terrain were prime factors in determining a city's prominence. Cities Of The Biblical World concentrates on the cities in Mesopotamia, Aram/Syria and Phoenicia, Anatolia, Egypt, and Palestine during the Old Testament period, and Palestine and the provinces of the Roman world during the New Testament period. Special attention is given to the geographical setting of the city, the history of its development, its relevance to the Bible, its distinguishing features, and any significant archaeological discoveries made at the site. Cities Of The Biblical World is a masterpiece of introductory information for the beginning student of Biblical archaeology -- and of great value and interest to the non-specialist general reader with a desire to learn more of the historical, geographic and cultural context in which the many stories of the Old and New Testaments were played out. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

LaMoine F. Devries received his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He has contributed numerous articles to books such as the Anchor Bible Dictionary, New International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Mercer Bible Dictionary, and Holman Bible Dictionary.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; First edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565631455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565631458
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Thompson on November 24, 2014
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Very helpful in my studies.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cline on January 12, 2009
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The book got here in no time at all and in perfect condition. Over all I was very pleased. Thanks
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