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The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land


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Spanning ten millennia, from the earliest civilization to the Arab conquest, The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land is the definitive one-volume reference to the ancient lands of the Bible, fusing scientific discovery and literacy and religious tradition to produce a deeper understanding of the history of human culture. Here the settings of the world's three major religions are examined, incorporating the most up-to-date archaeological information with the biblical record of the Holy Land. The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land visits the ancient Near East site-by-site, with comprehensive descriptions of hundreds of archaeological discoveries as well as historical commentary and relevant biblical citations. General articles on such subjects as burial, warfare, cult objects, and clothing provide further insight into the material culture and social systems of the biblical period.

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“The name Sodom, however, has been preserved in the Arab Jebel Usdum, Mount Sodom, a hill of table salt near the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea.” (source)

“All efforts to locate the site of Sodom have been fruitless.” (source)

“This city flourished in the Hyksos period and came to a violent end in about 1560 bc.” (source)

“JERICHO One of the oldest fortified cities in the ancient Near East” (source)

“GILGAL The last station on the route of the Exodus west of the Jordan, where Joshua set up 12 stones to commemorate the crossing of the river (Josh. 4:19–20). Here, in the plain of Jericho, the Children of Israel were circumcised (Josh. 5:3). Eusebius (Onom. 46:18 ff.) stated that the site was located at a distance of 2 miles from Jericho. It is often mentioned by ancient pilgrims some of whom ‘saw the stone’. On the Medaba map the 12 stones are shown north of Jericho. According to Arculf (c. ad 680) a church was built above the stones. The latest mention of this church occurs at the beginning of the 12th century. The site has been identified with Khirbet el-Mefjer as well as with other sites in the region of Jericho. (See also massebah).” (source)

  • Title: The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
  • Author: Avraham Negev
  • Edition: 3rd ed.
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall
  • Print Publication Date: 1990
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Antiquities--Encyclopedias; Excavations (Archaeology) › Palestine--Encyclopedias; Palestine › Antiquities--Encyclopedias
  • Resource ID: LLS:5.10.1
  • Resource Type: Encyclopedia
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:02:48Z

Avraham Negev is professor of classical archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University. He has directed a number of archaeological digs and is a prolific writer, having authored Cities of the Desert, Archaeology in the Land of the Bible, Masters of the Desert, and An Introduction to the Archaeology of Palestine.


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  1. Rev. Robert Sundquist
  2. John T Reagan

    John T Reagan


    It seems that every time I dig into a magazine article or book about Biblical archaeology I find myself having to wade through page after page of conclusions derived from an unbelieving worldview. What I mean by that is that so many "Biblical archaeologists" don't begin their analysis from a belief that the scriptures are true and that all evidence should be weighed by that standard. Instead I hear writers questioning the truth of the Exodus, wondering if King David actually existed and other similar unbelieving foolishness. I have an intense interest in history and archaeology, but it has gotten to the point that I simply avoid the topic. I'm tired of weeding my way through it. So, here is my question: Does this encyclopedia weed out that kind of false thinking and begin from the foundation of a belief in the verity of the scriptures?
  3. David Istre

    David Istre


    Archaeology is one of those underappreciated and overlooked disciplines that is so vital to painting a colorful picture of what is happening in Scripture. Anyone who is looking for a key archaeological resource in their library would do well to try this one!
  4. Timothy Berg

    Timothy Berg


    Will the larger multi-volume set that this condenses be made available as well?
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  6. Michael Witt

    Michael Witt


    Very Helpful
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