The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land

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  • Edition: Illus.
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-12-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land covers the 3,000 years which saw the rise of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and relates the familiar stories of the sacred texts with the fruits of modern scholarship. Beginning with the origins of the people who became the Israel of the Bible, it follows the course of the ensuing millennia down to the time when the Ottoman Empire succumbed to British and French rule at the end of the First World War.

Parts of the story, especially as known from the Bible, will be widely familiar. Less familiar are the ways in which modern research, both from archaeology and from other ancient sources, sometimes modify this story historically. Better understanding, however, enables us to appreciate crucial chapters in the story of the Holy Land, such as how and why Judaism developed in the way that it did from the earlier sovereign states of Israel and Judah and the historical circumstances in which Christianity emerged from its Jewish cradle. Later parts of the story are vital not only for the history of Islam and its relationships with the two older religions, but also for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism, as well as the notions of sacred space and of holy books with which we are still familiar today.

Sensitive to the concerns of those for whom the sacred books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are of paramount religious authority, the authors all try sympathetically to show how historical information from other sources, as well as scholarly study of the texts themselves, enriches our understanding of the history of the region and its prominent position in the world's cultural and intellectual history.

Author Biography

Edited by H. G. M. Williamson, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford, and Robert G. Hoyland, Professor of the late Antique and early Islamic History of the Middle East, Institute for Study of the Ancient World, NYU.

H. G. M. Williamson was until recently Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University. His expertise in the texts of the Old Testament is complemented by his active participation in the archaeology of the Biblical period in the Holy Land.

Robert G. Hoyland is Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. His books include Arabia and the Arabs (Routledge, 2001) and In God's Path (OUP, 2015). He has embarked upon the excavation of the city of Partavi/Barda'a in modern Azerbaijan.

Table of Contents

1. The Birth of Israel, Avraham Faust
2. Iron Age: Tribes to Monarchy, Lester L. Grabbe
3. Israel and Judah: c. 931-587 BCE, Andre Lemaire
4. Babylonian Exile and Restoration: 587-325 BCE, H. G. M. Williamson
5. The Hellenistic and Roman Era, John J. Collins
6. A Christian Holy Land: 284-638 CE, Konstantin Klein
7. The Coming of Islam, Milka Levy-Rubin
8. The Holy Land in the Crusader and Ayyubid periods: 1099 - 1250, Carole Hillenbrand
9. The Holy Land from the Mamluk Sultanate to the Ottoman Empire: 1260-1799, Nimrod Luz
10. From Napoleon to Allenby: the Holy Land and the wider Middle East, Robert Fisk
11. Pilgrimage, Robert G. Hoyland and Peter Walker
12. Sacred Spaces and Holy Places, Richard S. Hess and Denys Pringle
13. Scripture and the Holy Land, Adam Silverstein
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