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The Roads and Highways of Ancient Israel (Asor Library of Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology) Hardcover – September 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0801838989 ISBN-10: 0801838983 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Asor Library of Biblical & Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801838983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801838989
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,953,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book aims to reconstruct, in a more detailed and comprehensive way than has been done hitherto, the road network that existed in Israel during the Iron Age." -- Theological Book Review

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G W Thielman on October 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr Dorsey has undertaken a challenging and much needed survey of the Iron Age road network in the area known as Ancient Israel. Based on various excavated sites and etymological analysis, he traces the likely routes where direct evidence for roads is no longer available, but also examines treks used through the Roman period and beyond.
Most archaeological analysis centers on the architecture, ashen debris and pottery from particular tells, because these are where people lived and died. Roads are much like sea routes -- frequently traversed, but seldom inhabited -- and so leave precious little to be subsequently excavated. Dorsey thus begins with an analysis of the existing literature and expands on biblical descriptions and commentaries regarding the routes described in ancient times. The necessity of travel by ancient people on religious or commercial ventures, by official representatives on royal errands, or by armies is demonstrated for the biblical period, and would apply to earlier times. Most travel would have been conducted on foot, although donkeys were also used (horses being scarce until David's reign in Iron Age II). Width and quality of the road surfaces lacks definitive judgment, but paved streets were almost certainly restricted to cities, given the costs of foundation and brickwork. Dorsey reasonably asserts that roads would have to be repaired after the winter rains, and indicates that bridges appear not to have been built by the Israelites.
The bulk of the work is devoted to Israel's road network in subdivided sections.
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