Spanning ten millennia, from earliest civilization to the Arab conquest, "The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land" is the definitive one volume reference to the ancient lands of the Bible, fusing scientific discovery, literary and religious tradition to produce a deeper understanding of the history of human culture. Here the settings of the world's three major religions are examined, incorporating the most up-to-date archeological information with the biblical record of the Holy Land, "The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land" visits the ancient Near East site-by-site, with comprehensive yet succinct description of hundreds of archeological discoveries as well as providing historical commentary and relevant biblical citations. General articles on subjects such as burial, warfare, cult objects, and clothing provide further insight into the material culture and social systems of the biblical period. More than 20 distinguished Israeli and American archeologists have contributed articles in their areas of expertise, complete with details from their own excavations. This new edition has been revised and expanded, with more than 600 comprehensive, up-to-date entries and 300 illustrations, including photographs, site maps, and chronological and archaeological charts and tables. A glossary guides the reader through the more technical archaeological terms and extensive cross-referencing ensures that related entries may be easily explored.
by Avraham Negev / Neil Asher Silberman