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The World of the Bible
Roberta L. Harris

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Format: Hardcover, 192pp.
ISBN: 0500050732
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Pub. Date: June 1995

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Few regions of the world can boast such a rich and complex history as the Holy Land. In this authoritatively written and magnificently illustrated new survey, Roberta L. Harris explores its turbulent past, interweaving events of the biblical narrative with the latest archaeological research and interpretations.

Lying near the cradle of civilization in the Near East and at the crossroads of three continents, the Holy Land was not only constantly fought over by the empires of Egypt, Babylon, Assyria and the Hittites, it was also the birthplace of two of the world's great religions and an early home to a third. The World of the Bible begins in the fertile crescent where civilization first arose and explores the ancient cities of Ur, Mari and Ebla. The reader follows the fate of the Israelites under the pharaohs and studies their subsequent return to Canaan, the settlement of the Israelite tribes, and the rise of the Old Testament empires. Full coverage is given to the development of the area's major religions, tracing the ancestry of Judaism, Jesus and the origins of Christianity, and the arrival of Islam in the 7th century.

Illustrated features are included on many aspects of biblical life, and on topics such as the origins of the alphabet and the tragic siege of Masada. With detailed maps and site plans, a timeline of the principal events and a gazetteer of sites and museums to visit, this is an accessible, lively and informative introduction to the Bible lands.


Few regions of the world can boast such a rich and complex history as the Holy Land. In this beautifully illustrated new survey, Harris explores its turbulent past, from the legendary tales of the creation to the bloody wars of the Crusades, interweaving stories from the testaments with the latest historical research and archaeological discoveries.

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Roberta Harris has taught Near Eastern History and archaeology, and biblical and modern Hebrew, but her special field is the archaeology and history of the biblical period. She is Honorary Secretary of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society and founding editor of its bulletin. She has taken part in many excavations in Israel, as well as leading study tours there and to the eastern Mediterranean.

Table of Contents

Geography and Climate
Outline History of the Region
Women Travellers
Archaeologists in the Holy Land
The Bible and Archaeology
The Tale of a Tell
The Origins of the Alphabet
Writing the Bible
Plants and Animals of the Bible
Hearth and Home in Old Testament Times

Before the Bible
Abraham the Patriarch
Cities of the Time of Abraham
Canaanites and Hyksos
The Gods of Canaan
Egypt's Empire
Exodus and the Wilderness Years

The Sea Peoples
The Philistines
The Phoenicians and their Neighbours
The Age of the judges
David, King of all Israel
King Solomon's Empire
Solomon's Temple
The Kingdom of Israel
The Might of Assyria
Judah Alone
Hezekiah in Revolt
Sennacherib and the Siege of Lachish
Nebuchadnezzar Destroys Jerusalem

The Babylonian Exile
Cyrus, King of the Persians
Return to Judah
Alexander the Great
In the Wake of Alexander
Revolution! The Maccabees
The Romans in the East
Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Herod the Great
Herodian jerusalem
Caesarea, Port under Water
The Life of Jesus
Daily Life in New Testament Times
A Boat from the Time of Jesus
Jesus in Jerusalem
The Development of Christianity

The Two Jewish Revolts
The Development of Judaism
Aelia Capitolina: Hadrian's Jerusalem
The Byzantine Era
Beth Shean, Byzantine City
Early Churches
Early Synagogues
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Age of Islam
Crusader Palestine
Mamelukes, Ottomans and After

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