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The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest Hardcover – September 10, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0521195355 ISBN-10: 0521195357 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521195357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521195355
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, East Carolina University

"In this beautifully-produced volume, Jodi Magness provides a superb introduction to the archaeology of the region of ancient Palestine, and creates a focus that is somewhat different from the usual presentations of 'biblical archaeology' ... This book is an invaluable overview and full of Magness's characteristically sound and insightful judgements. It will be much used by students and scholars."
Joan Taylor, Strata: Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

Book Description

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.

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A nice detailed work for students and beginners.
Curious
I am relatively new to the topic and this book has greatly informed me on the historical evidence available today and it's complement to religious/historical texts.
picturemereading
It is easy to read but at the same time engaging.
R. Mohr

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"Yet archaeologists ... have failed to engage the larger intellectual issues--especially the challenge of integrating texts and artifacts in writing the real 'revisionist' histories of ancient Israel... one of the revisionists' major fault is that they ignore, cite selectively and cavalierly, misinterpret, distort, or otherwise abuse modern archaeology..." William G. Dever

William Dever, eminent American archaeologist, specializing in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times, discussed two main trends in both archaeology and Biblical studies. The first was over-specialization, as archaeology became more theoretically sophisticated, less textually wedded, and more anthropologically oriented. The second development came when Biblical studies entered the historio-graphical crisis in the 1990s, that now sometimes called the 'Minimalist-Maximalist' controversy.

New archaeology moved away from being Biblical to a study of culture, it became interdisciplinary. In addition to radiocarbon dating and electron microscopes, advanced techniques introduced included neutron activation, gas chromatography, and DNA analysis. In the past three decades, archaeologists have made great strides in recovering the lost world of the Old Testament. Dozens of digs in the Levant changed experts' perception of ancient Israel and its neighbors, which is very well demonstrated here, by its author Jodi Magness.

This scholarly book provides an overview of the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine - modern Israel, and Jordan - to the advent of Islam in 640 CE. The archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, until 70 CE. It provides a historical background for the the ancient Near East world, as well as Palestine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By picturemereading on November 22, 2013
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This book is well organized and pretty thorough if not comprehensive. It's set up in chronological order with each era being designed with a historical overview and then a description of the evidence in four aspects of archaeology (pottery, coins, etc.). The format makes it easy to jump around and read about specific topics you're interested in. The book is well written with plenty of pictures of artifacts and digs, helpful historical maps, and a plethora of interesting sidebars that allowed me to reconstruct my visit to the Holy Land and put all those amazing things I saw into the proper context. In my humble opinion, Ms. Magness is respectful of all beliefs in her writing and is very easy to understand. I also appreciate her providing various scholarly opinions and from time to time providing her own.

I am relatively new to the topic and this book has greatly informed me on the historical evidence available today and it's complement to religious/historical texts. I wish it was a little more comprehensive (e.g. I didn't read anything on evidence of Solomon's mines or the changes of Jericho over the centuries), but perhaps that would require a larger time frame and a few hundred more pages. Very happy with the purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bagula on November 28, 2012
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What I particularly like was the maps of Jerusalem in different historical ages,
and specifically after the revolt against Rome. Maps of the Israel area under
different rulers was also helpful.
The discussion of Masada was right on.
I like the Qumran discussions as well.
There is material here for me for much further study
than a first reading can give. This discussion and information
will be useful to biblical scholars of different religions as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Mohr on July 16, 2013
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I have had the privelege of working with Dr. Magness on two previous excavations in Israel and have tremendous respect for her knowledge and scholarship! That said I was keenly anticipating the publication of this new book as I come to archeology with less of a scholarly approach and more of a "gosh wow!" one. This volume did not disappoint me! Even though it is written for a more general undergraduate audience there is no dumbing down here! It is easy to read but at the same time engaging.

Highly recommended!!
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