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Ancient Canaan and Israel takes readers past the scriptural portrayals of the quarter and into the typical lives of Canaanites and Israelites. It attracts on lately came upon archaeological facts and clean interpretations of biblical and extrabiblical texts to teach how archaeologists and different researchers reconstruct the various aspects of those civilizations—political, geographic, social, financial, spiritual, technological, and aesthetic.

For skilled students or enthusiastic newbies, it really is an enlightening portrayal of the folk and the land of Canaan and Israel, which strains many famous non secular and cultural traditions again to their old roots. it's also an goal creation to a couple of much-debated themes, comparable to the destiny of the Canaanite cultures, the origins of the Israelites, and the old accuracy of the Bible.

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Massive amounts of artifacts were retrieved and recorded in a systematic 38 ANCIENT CANAAN AND ISRAEL fashion during these excavations in the Shephelah, and for the first time archaeologists managed to produce a complete chronological sequence spanning from the Bronze Age to the time of the Crusades. A. S. Macalister at Gezer By the turn of the century, Bliss and Macalister (1870–1950) had split, and the latter went on to lead a major long-term excavation at Tel el-Jazar (Gezer) on behalf of the PEF (1902–1909).

Figs were in it and grapes. It had more wine than water. Abundant was its honey, plentiful its oil. All kinds of fruit were on its trees. 1 The northern coastal plain, the road between Tel Aviv and Haifa (Photo courtesy of Zev Radovan, Land of the Bible Picture Archive) of cattle of all kinds . . as well as desert game and milk dishes of all kinds” (Lichtheim 1973, 226–227). Another important facet of the region’s culture history is its central position in relation to the much broader world of the Mediterranean and Near East.

5). The discovery of olive pits and grape pips indicate that these and other fruits were cultivated in the area (Zohary 1992). Generally speaking, the Mediterranean region, particularly the fertile inland valleys, which receive greater rainfall, was the wheat-growing area, while barley was the main crop in the semiarid zones. 6 Grove of date palms in the Jordan Valley (Photo courtesy of Zev Radovan, Land of the Bible Picture Archive) The Irano-Turanian semiarid zone is a 30 km–wide band lying between the Mediterranean zone and the arid desert zone to the south.

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