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The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age Hardcover – November 7, 2000

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"A creative look at the eventful history of warfare in ancient Israel seen from the strategic vantage point of Megiddo." -- Biblical Archaeology Review

About the Author

Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible" and "The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction".
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472097393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472097395
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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History is a slight of hands artist of sorts. It tends to focus ones attention on the flashy action center stage while more important events are often happening in the wings. Its spotlight brings out in high relief the massive endeavor of the pyramids, the power and grandeur of the Roman empire, the longevity of Chinese culture, or the blood rituals of the Aztecs. In doing so it tends to neglect the margins, places where cultural synthesis and mere survival of local polities brings the real issues of life during the time into sharper focus. Eric Cline is a master at redirecting ones attention to precisely these issues of history. In The Battles of Armageddon he chronicles the "life" history of a region that was for most of that history on the margins of the action in the Middle East and in the world.
The Jezreel Valley and ancient Megiddo, the Armageddon of Revelation, are brought to center stage in this well researched and thoroughly entertaining book. Here the armies of the world have fought battles deciding the course of human history, and here too it is suggested that the final battle between good and evil will be fought in the future. All tolled, some 34 major battles have been fought in this valley, often if not usually between combatants who are foreign to the area.
In documenting the drama of conflict that has played itself out on this valley floor, Professor Cline has examined a wide variety of data recording human events in the area. He discusses the records of ancient Egypt, the Biblical texts, the cuneiform documents of Anatolia, Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia, the written material of both the Moslem and the Christian participants of the Crusades, French documentation of the Napoleonic wars in the Middle East, the Allenby diaries, letters, etc.
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By Pilgrim on October 26, 2010
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This book is beyond a doubt the most informative one I have ever read on the history of Israel and the battles the Jezreel Valley.
The reader will be amazed at all the action that took place in Israel that is not made known in most history books. This book is well documented, and contains maps of each battle.It is easy to understand what each army was doing. The Bible scholar who wants a deeper understanding of what took place in the history of Israel will find this book follows the scripture events. It should be noted that the author expresses in detail when there is archaeological proof of events and when there is not. It is left to the reader to make the judgment as to whether or not to accept the scripture account.
This book will be an excellent addition to my library. I highly recommend it.
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"Habitual Crossroad of Combat" Eric Cline, The Battle of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2000). Armageddon is a corruption of the Hebrew Har Megiddo (Mount of Megiddo) and the city of Megiddo lies astride the Via Maris, one of the most important trade and travel routes between Egypt and the Euphrates. From 2350 BCE until the present, the author counts no fewer than 34 major battles. Especially useful are the descriptions of the battles in Syria-Palestine during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages and the sense of how geography plays such an important role in warfare.
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This book describes the major battles that have been fought in the valley called Armaggeddon. It is informative, full of deails, and should be read by everyone interested in history or the Battle of Armaggedon.
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This is a great book. It is technical biblical archealogy, but covers a wide span of time. The book was used, but in excellent condition. In fact, it seemed brand new. The vendor sent it to me in a timely fashion.

If you like ancient history, this is a good book to explore.
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this is a great read its interesting to see how many battles through out history have been fought in this place .
I would tell everyone its great and im not a battle kind of person and I loved it .
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