Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

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Ever since the pioneering excavation at Tel el-Hesi by Petrie in 1890 archeology has developed into a fully-fledged, professional field with specialists emerging on all manner of subjects, periods, and types of artifacts. Many thousands of sites have now been excavated in the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) from prehistoric times through the Ottoman period. The focus on the excavation of tells (mound sites) and key settlements such as Jerusalem, Megiddo, and Beth Shean has revolutionized our knowledge of the chronology and material culture of the biblical period.This concise but comprehensive encyclopedia, edited by the veteran archeologist Avraham Negev and revised, expanded, and updated by Shimon Gibson, includes more than 600 entries, accompanied by drawings, plans, photographs, chronological charts, and an index. All of the principal biblical sites are covered, and there are entries on general subjects such as mosaics, pottery, and archeological method. Included among the major discoveries made in recent years are the amazing Chalcolithic period objects found in a cave at Pequ'in, the "House of David" inscription from Tel Dan, the Miqne inscription, the iron fortifications of Jerusalem, and much more.

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Avraham Negev is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University. Dr. Negev has directed numerous archaeological digs, including expeditions to Oboda, Caesarea, the Roman theater of Beth-Shean, Memphis, Elusa, and Susiya. A prolific writer, he is the author of scholarly and popular books and articles published in Hebrew and English, including Cities of the Desert, Caesarea, Archaeology in the Land of the Bible, Masters of the Desert, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Palestine, and New Avenues in Nabatean Archaeology.Shimon Gibson is a field archaeologist working in Israel and Palestine. During the past 20 years, Dr. Gibson has conducted numerous excavations and field surveys including work at Sataf, Dor, Tel el-Ful, and Modi'in. He is currently in charge of excavations on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Editor since 1987 of the Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, he is the author of more than one hundred articles and two monographs on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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of Biblical Archaeology (Hendrickson, 2000), this is instead a complete listing of archaeological sites in the Holy Land (Israel, Palestine, and Jordan). The text consists of 800 entries, running a few paragraphs to two or three pages in length and arranged alphabetically by the name of the site or subject (e.g., "Ivory" or "Shells"). Each entry covers the history of the site, the materials found there, and the dates (e.g., Middle Bronze IIB). The 124 contributors are international, though mostly Israeli, but none of the entries are signed; nor do they have bibliographies. The text boasts the latest scholarship, but its arrangement is problematic. Finding the entry for Nazareth is easy enough, but would anyone but an expert in this field know to look under "Qasile" to find information on a four-acre site, currently in a northern suburb of Tel Aviv, whose ancient name is unknown? There are a few cross references to help with this problemAan asterisk identifies any word with its own separate entryAbut not many. Despite its significant limitations, this is recommended as the most up-to-date and comprehensive one-volume resource available on this subject.ADavid Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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