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The Military History of Ancient Israel First Edition Edition

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"[P]rovides an excellent opportunity for addressing some thorny issues in the field of the military history of the Bible."-The Journal of Military History

"[A] good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."-Choice

"Drawing on findings from archeology, demography, ethnography and other relevant disciplines, Gabriel analyses the Bible as if it were a militory history of ancient Israel; he makes a particularly significant contribution to Exodus studies. Gabriel an experienced infantry officer and military historian, offers astute military insight into the Biblical narrative and makes comprehensive some of the mysterious explanations for well known events."-Jewish Book World

"ÝA¨ good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."-Choice

"ÝP¨rovides an excellent opportunity for addressing some thorny issues in the field of the military history of the Bible."-The Journal of Military History

?[A] good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice

?[P]rovides an excellent opportunity for addressing some thorny issues in the field of the military history of the Bible.?-The Journal of Military History

?Drawing on findings from archeology, demography, ethnography and other relevant disciplines, Gabriel analyses the Bible as if it were a militory history of ancient Israel; he makes a particularly significant contribution to Exodus studies. Gabriel an experienced infantry officer and military historian, offers astute military insight into the Biblical narrative and makes comprehensive some of the mysterious explanations for well known events.?-Jewish Book World

About the Author

RICHARD A. GABRIEL is Professor of Ethics and Humanities, Daniel Webster College. He is the author of 34 books, many of them in the area of ancient military history. He was Director of Advanced Courses at the U.S. Army War College and a professor at St. Anselm College.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (October 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275977986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275977986
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bradford Morgan on December 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is richly interesting scholarship conveyed by a writer, Richard A. Gabriel, in full command of reader-friendly expository techniques. Those who tacitly see history as a cultural weapon, archaeological and otherwise, to promote politically correct or pacifist ideas will find little succor in Gabriel's smash-through-to-the-truth style. Not that Gabriel doesn't speculate to help us sort through possible interpretive hypotheses.

Gabriel's approach argues for a more comprehensive reading of the Old Testament than is often allowed. As if invoking the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Gabriel argues that our interpretive filter either allows us to see or not see a particular focus: "To regard the Bible as a religious text makes it difficult to regard it as a military text, for if one accepts the text as describing miraculous events, one will likely be blinded to the text as military history." Is light a wave or a particle? Both, we answer, but not necessarily at the same time.

While Gabriel respects the Bible as primarily a religious text, he lets the reader know that his purpose is to reveal the military background, including "logistics, tactics, manpower, fortifications, command and control, weapons and weapons manufacture, troop leadership, and military strategy." Readers will never feel that Gabriel is doing anything more than illuminating what the writers of the Old Testament have already put there. To respect their intentions, the sacred and divine should best be read in the context of war and military defense.
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If you are looking for a different view of the old testament, you need to read this book. It interprets the old testament in terms of military history. It discusses topography of the lands, weaponry, tactics using bible passages. This is not a revisionists history, it is simply providing a military point of view for the old testament history.
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Simply put, there is no other work of its kind out there. This reviewer does not agree with many points of interpretation which Dr. Gabriel makes, but I also deeply respect his analysis and in many instances spot-on analysis of warfare when and wherever contained in the Old Testament/Pentateuch. Dr. Gabriel's work is strictly secular and limited to looking at the Old Testament through a purely military lens. For the faithful, this is a serious flaw in his work; yet, perceived flaw or not, The Military History of Ancient Israel is compelling, well researched, highly readable, and thought-provoking analytical narrative. A must for biblical scholars, students, laymen, and clergy alike. Not to mention the Soldier!
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By inspiralight on September 16, 2014
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Why is the book so ridiculously expensive? The KINDLE version is $79.96 ??? This is not normal book pricing.
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