Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple

by Hershel Shanks

Book, 1999



Call number

821 SHA



Washington, D.C. : Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice-Hall, Biblical Archaeology Society ; c1999.


Immensely readable and digestible in just a few sittings, this book examines the complete history of ancient Israel-from Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Offers highest-quality authorship from respected leaders in their fields. Provides numerous color and black-and-white photos, maps, charts, and timelines. Gives a broader sweep of history, starting at an earlier point and/or ending at a later point than other books on the subject. Adds and updates evidence, analysis, and insights of events, based on developments since the book's first edition. Perfect for adult study groups and Bible groups, and anyone who wants to learn more about Israel's history or needs a refresher course.

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A concise overview of the modern scholastic understanding of Israel's history. Introduces a lot of the major arguments along with their evidences and reasons that bring history, bible, and scholarship alive. Many helpful and useful notes and references. Entertaining, educational, and
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thought-provoking. Written in easy-to-understand language. Ideal for anyone just getting their feet wet or who really want to dig in. The one drawback is the liberal slant that permeates the text and dubiously colors some of the conclusions.
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