Ancient Place Names in the Holy Land answers a basic need in the historical geography of the Land of Israel, its implications for scholarship in Hebrew and Aramaic linguistics, Bible studies, and numerous other areas.
The earliest scholars of historical geography of the Holy Land preserved the names of geographical features—or toponyms—in Arab speech up to modern times. Consequently, Arabic toponyms have become a major source for identification of ancient site. For students of Hebrew and other Semitic languages, the toponymy of the land of Israel provides a kind of ancient recording of pre-Arab linguistics. Ancient place-names are also of importance for scholars of the rabbinic studies, Qumran studies, Samaritan studies, the history of Islam, and early Christianity.
Unfortunately, the use of this valuable tool—using ancient place-names to identify linguistic features—is not governed by any clear-cut rules. The present volume formulates the rules of toponym preservation based on positive identifications, and through these rules to deal with various historical and linguistic questions.
With the Logos edition, this resource is fully integrated with the rest of your digital library. Links to original language texts, dictionaries, and other historical documents—such as the Amarna Letters—are only a click away! Ancient Place Names in the Holy Land is an important addition to the libraries of Old Testament and Near Eastern scholars, and is ideal for anyone looking to understand more deeply the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament.
Yoel Elitzur is the head of the department of Eretz-Israel studies at Herzog College and teaches at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is engaged in integrated research in several disciplines: Bible, Hebrew language, and the historical geography of the land of Israel.