The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/10/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book provides an introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine - modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories - from the destruction of Solomon's temple in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE. Special attention is paid to the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple period, in the time of Herod the Great and Jesus. For each period, the book offers a historical background for the Mediterranean world and the ancient Near East, as well as the events in Palestine. Major sites such as Masada, Caesarea Maritima, and Petra are examined in archaeological and historical detail, along with the material culture - coins, pottery, glass, and stone vessels - of each period. This book provides a thorough overview of the archaeology of this historically vibrant part of the world.

Table of Contents

The topography and early history of Jerusalem (to 586 BCE)
The Babylonian (586-539 BCE) and Persian (539-332 BCE) periods
The early Hellenistic period (332-167 BCE)
The late Hellenistic (Hasmonean) period (167-40 BCE)
The archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The early Roman (Herodian) period (40 BCE-70 CE): Jerusalem
The early Roman (Herodian) period (40 BCE-70 CE): Caesarea Maritima, Samaria-Sebaste, Herodian Jericho, and Herodium
The early Roman (Herodian) period (40 BCE-70 CE): Jesus' birth and Galilean setting
The early Roman (Herodian) period (40 BCE-70 CE): Masada
Ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs (to 70 CE)
From 70 CE to the Bar Kokhba Revolt (135/136 CE) (the Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans)
Aelia Capitolina (Hadrianic Jerusalem) (135 to ca. 500 CE)
Roman and the late antique period synagogues in Palestine
The Byzantine (early Christian) period (313-640 CE): Jerusalem
The Byzantine (early Christian) period (313-640 CE): Palestine under Christian rule
Epilogue: early Islamic Jerusalem (638-750 CE)
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