"The strengths of Magness' volume are fourfold: first, it is well illustrated with maps and photographs; second, descriptions of archaeological periods are concise and salient; third, the information in the sidebars is used to debunk some of the pseudo-science that is prevalent in the media and in popolar culture; fourth, this textbook is written in a manner that makes this subject matter accessible to undergraduate students. ...It is readable and her use of contemporary analogies in order to illustrate archaeological methods is excellent." --Benjamin Adam Saidel, Associate Professor, East Carolina University
This book provides an introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine - modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories - from the destruction of Solomon's temple in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE. Special attention is paid to the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple period, in the time of Herod the Great and Jesus.