The Archaeology of Ancient Israel


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Edited by Amnon Ben-Tor; Translated by R. Greenberg

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For over one hundred years archaeologists have explored the land of Israel, investigating such fascinating topics as the migrations of the patriarchs, the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan, and the establishment of the monarchy by David and Solomon. In this book some of Israel’s foremost archaeologists present a thorough and up-to-date survey of this research, providing an assessable introduction to early life in the land of the Bible.


The authors discuss the history of ancient Israel from the Neolithic era (eighth millennium B.C.E.) to the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. Each chapter describes a different era as seen through relevant archaeological discoveries. The reader is introduced to the first permanent settlements in the land of Israel, the crystallization of the political system of city-states, the nature of Canaanite culture, the Israelite patterns of settlement, and the division of the country into the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. The lavishly illustrated text explores and demonstrates developments in religious practices, architecture, technology, customs, arts and crafts, warfare, writing, cult practices, and trade.


The book will be a delightful and informative resource for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about the religious, scientific, or historical background to the events described in the Bible, or to current developments in the Middle East.

Amnon Ben-Tor is Yigael Yadin Professor of Archeology of Eretz Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"An up-to-date, lavishly illustrated treatment."—Publishers Weekly

"Profusely illustrated with sketches, diagrams, maps, tables, and photographs, this attractive book offers an excellent introduction to biblical archaeology. . . . This engrossing overview of a fascinating subject will be appreciated by laypersons as well as scholars."—Library Journal

"Cover such topics as public and private architecture, everyday objects, industry and crafts, art, cult, and trade relations"—Theology Digest

"Splendid in every way: clearly written and well organized, informed by the best international scholarship and full of illustrations that work well with the main text."—America

"An up-to-date and comprehensive introduction."—Choice

"Students of both archaeology and biblical studies alike will rejoice over The Archaeology of Ancient Israel. . . . . This work represents one of the best archaeological syntheses of the massive evidence derived from Palestine. . . . A formidable volume that no serious student of the Old Testament should overlook. Lucidly written, [and] well-informed, . . . this work deserves attention."—Thomas V. Brisco, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"A highly competent production, all the better for being a composite work, which could serve as a basic reference tool for anyone teaching or needing a thorough introduction to the archaeology of ancient Israel."—Alan Millard, Ashland Theological Journal

"This book admirably fulfills its purpose. It is authoritative and dependable, perfect for students, and is probably the best introduction to the archaeology of Palestine that can currently be recommended."—Piotr Bienkowski, Palestine Exploration Quarterly

"An excellent overview of archaeology in Israel for the sophisticated layman, or for the biblical scholar who needs to keep up with the burgeoning discipline of Syro-Palestinian archaeology. . . . It will be consulted regularly even by specialists for its 'state of the art' overviews."—William G. Dever, Journal of Biblical Literature

ISBN: 9780300047684
Publication Date: June 24, 1992