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Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present

by Silberman, Neil Asher, Small, David

Sheffield Academic Press 1997

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Overview

This challenging volume offers a timely and extensive overview of the current state of archaeology in Israel. Including contributions by leading scholars, the essays focus on current problems and cutting-edge issues, ranging from reviews of ongoing excavations to new analytical approaches. Of interest not only to archaeologists, but to social historians as well, the topics include archaeology and social history, archaeology and ethnicity, as well as the overarching issue of how texts and archaeological knowledge are to be combined in the reconstruction of ancient Israel.

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Key Features

  • Includes scholarly findings of Old Testament scholars, historians, archeologists, and sociologists
  • All references to the Old Testament are linked to original language texts and English translations in your library

Contents

  • "Politics and Archaeology," Amos Elon
  • "Archaeology, Political Culture, and Culture in Israel," Yaacov Shavit
  • "Structuring the Past: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Symbolic Authority of Archaeological Monuments"
  • "Historical Imaginings, Ideological Gestures: W.F. Albright and the 'Reasoning Faculties of Man,'" Burke O. Long
  • "Tel Miqne-Ekron: An Iron Age I Philistine Settlement in Canaan," Trude Dothan
  • "The Yigael Yadin Memorial Excavations at Hazor, 1990—93: Aims and Preliminary Results," Amnon Ben-Tor
  • "Discoveries at Tel Dor," Ephraim Stern
  • "The Excavations at Tel Beth Shean During the Years 1989—94," Amihai Mazar
  • "The Revolutionary Effects of Archaeology on the Study of Jewish History," Lee I. Levine
  • "Jewish Ritual Baths—Interpreting the Digs and the Texts," Benjamin G. Wright III
  • "Pots and People Revisited: Ethnic Boundaries in the Iron Age I," Israel Finkelstein
  • "Can Pig Remains Be Used for Ethnic Diagnosis in the Ancient Near East?," Brian Hesse and Paula Wapnish
  • "Group Identification and Ethnicity in the Construction of the Early State of Israel," David B. Small
  • "Philology, Theology, and Archaeology: What Kind of History Do We Want, and What is Possible?," William G. Dever
  • "Text and Artifact: Two Monologues?," Baruch Halpern

Product Details

  • Title: Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present
  • Editors: Neil Asher Silberman, David B. Small
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 352

About the Authors

Neil Asher Silberman is an author specializing in the history and politics of modern archaeology.

David Small is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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