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Every year, thousands of enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, spend the summer months digging in the sands of Israel hoping to find items that relate in some way to the places or events depicted in the Bible. Thousands more view artifacts in museums and long to know the full stories behind them. The Archaeology of the Land of the Bible collection draws upon groundbreaking archaeology research to discuss what major archaeological discoveries have to say about the mysterious stories of the Bible.
Step-by-step, era-by-era, author Amihai Mazar shows just what each major archaeological discovery has to say about the mysterious stories of the Bible. It’s all here, from the mundane clay jars of the ancient households of Palestine to the beautiful sculpture and jewelry that passed through these lands on the primitive trade routes. From the first settlements in the land of the Bible to the tumultuous period of the divided monarchy of Israel and Judah and the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar, Mazar’s overview of the biblical life and the archaeological evidence to support it is without parallel.
Amihai Mazar is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He has studied under the giants in the field of archaeology, including Trude Dothan and Yigael Yadin.
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Vol. 2: The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Periods (732–332 B.C.E.)
In Ephraim Stern’s sequel to the first volume by Amihai Mazar, this world-renowned archaeologist who has directed excavations in the Holy Land for many years offers a dramatic look at how archaeological research contributes to our understanding of the connections between history and the stories recounted in the Bible. Stern writes about various artifacts unearthed in recent years and relates them to the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian periods in the Bible. This volume also contains photographs and illustrations of rare ancient relics ranging from household pottery to beautifully crafted jewelry and sculpture.
Ephraim Stern is one of the leading archaeologists in Israel, and is professor at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Over the past 45 years he has been working in some of the most important excavations in Israel, such as Hazor, Masada, En Gedi, and Beer-Sheba, and served as director of many others, including the major 20 seasons dig at Tel Dor.
Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, vol. 3
Drawing on groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey renarrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century AD, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted the Greco-Roman period.
Eric M. Meyers is a three-time president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and is Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in Archaeology at Duke University. He is also the author of Haggai, Zechariah 1–8 in the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary series.
Mark A. Chancey is professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University.