Battles of the Bible: A Military History of Ancient Israel
Battles of the Bible presents a comprehensive and illuminating account of the wars of ancient Israel. The Bible's military episodes, recounted here in vivid detail, cover a vast period, from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command, through the conquest of the kingdom by David and Solomon and the split of the kingdom into Judah and Israel, to the Maccabees' successful rebellion against Seleucid domination. The reliability of these accounts is supported by their technical accuracy and the descriptions of topographical conditions peculiar to specific battlefields. They bear comparison with military campaigns well after the biblical era, and provide strategic and tactical lessons of value even today. Battles of the Bible is a fascinating and valuable work, not only for its exacting scrutiny of the biblical accounts, but also for its insight into their wider and continuing relevance. This new, thoroughly revised edition takes into account current historical and archaeological research, as well as modern trends in biblical scholarship.
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Ahab Ahab's Aharoni ancient Antiochus approach Arameans archaeological archers arms army assault Assyrian attack Bacchides base battle Beersheva Ben-hadad besieged Beth-horon Beth-zur Bible biblical border camp campaign Canaan Canaanite capture casemate cavalry chapter chariots command conquest Damascus David defeat defence defile desert Edom Edomites Egypt Egyptian Eilat Emmaus Empire enemy excavated exploit fighting flank fortifications fortress Galilee garrison Gichon Gideon Gilead Gorgias Hazor Hebrew Hezekiah infantry Israel Israelite Jehoram Jehoshaphat Jerusalem Jews Jezreel Valley Jordan Joshua Judah Judah's forces Judean mountains Kadesh-barnea king kingdom Lachish land Lysias Maccabean Maccabees major Mazar Megiddo Michmash miles military Moab Mount move NEAEHL Negev northern Palestine Palestinian land-bridge phalanx Philistines rear Rehoboam road Roman route Samaria Saul Seleucid Empire Seleucid forces Sennacherib Shishak's siege Sisera Solomonic strategic Syria tactical Temple tion towers town Trans-Jordan tribal tribes troops United Monarchy Uzziah Valley victory Wadi walls warfare Yadin