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  • Series: Fortress (Book 91)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846035082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846035081
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samuel Rocca was born in Milan, Italy but now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three sons. He served with the Israeli Defense Forces, and has worked as a teacher and a curator at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. Having studied biblical and classical archaeology at undergraduate level at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he went on to complete his MA there, before researching his PhD on Herodian Judaea at Bar-Ilan University. Samuel has given papers at numerous international conventions, and written articles for several academic journals. This is his first book for Osprey Publishing. The author lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek P. Riethmeier on April 21, 2012
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This book contains lots of maps, photos, drawings, and diagrams of ancient Israelite fortifications that will be of interest to any bible scholar. For those who are curious, the author tends to take the middle road, often drawing on bible texts for evidence on events that took place, but at other times when writings outside of the bible give conflicting information, the author appears to be open to the possibility that the bible is wrong (and I'm not here to debate whether the author's view is right or wrong--I just want any potential buyer of this book to be informed of what evidence he used to draw his conclusions).

The book was very informative for novices like myself. I only have two complaints. One is that he spent a lot of time describing certain features of construction, such as "header and stretcher" sections, when a clearly labelled diagram would have been a lot easier to comprehend. The second issue I have with the book, which is a bit harder to change due to limitations in page layout, is that the diagrams and photos do not always appear with the section of text related to it. So, for example, when reading about the Assyrian siege of Lachish, you are constantly flipping back to the pages that have the diagrams to get perspective of what he is talking about.

Besides these issues, it is still a great effort and a book worth having to get a quick summary of all these biblical strongholds.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John D. Minton on June 5, 2014
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After reading about the Indo-Europeans and their building of fortifications on easily defended places and Marc Van De Mieroop's A History of the Ancient Near East, I had hoped to learn more about the collapse and aftermath of the collapse of approximately 1200 to 835 BCE. Rocca's book could contribute nothing of interest.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Krystan on June 14, 2010
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Book was in perfect shape and shipping time was better than expected. Thanks Amazon!
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