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The military history of ancient Israel /
Richard A. Gabriel ; foreword by Mordechai Gichon.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
description
xix, 334 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0275977986 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
isbn
0275977986 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5058832
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [310]-315) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard A. Gabriel is Professor of Ethics and Humanities, Daniel Webster College.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Gabriel (politics, St. Anselm College), whose prior publications indicate a thorough grounding in both the time period and region, has produced a good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel. A close reading of the biblical texts--the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, and I and II Samuel--forms the primary groundwork for reconstructing events. The author confidently undertakes such a reconstruction on the basis of a good working knowledge of the region's topography, material and nonmaterial cultural aspects (Canaanite, Egyptian, Philistine, Israelite, and Assyrian), and attentiveness to the philological and chronological problems of the texts. If the book overflows with speculations, extrapolations, and ex silentio arguments--the unavoidable result of trying to construct a coherent military narrative from variegated, partial, and sometimes conflicting evidence--the tentativeness and biases of the author's suppositions are always acknowledged. His outline is quite traditional, with one notable exception: Gabriel convincingly argues that Israelite military history begins with Exodus (1275-1225 BCE), not Joshua's conquest of Canaan (1225-1200 BCE). Unfortunately, the many maps are small and nearly unreadable, a drawback to understanding those arguments that turn on an understanding of the topography and geography of ancient Israel/Palestine. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. T. Ingoglia Felician College
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"[P]rovides an excellent opportunity for addressing some thorny issues in the field of the military history of the Bible."- The Journal of Military History
'œ[P]rovides an excellent opportunity for addressing some thorny issues in the field of the military history of the Bible.'' The Journal of Military History
"[A] good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."- Choice
'œDrawing on findings from archeology, demography, ethnography and other relevant disciplines, Gabriel analyses the Bible as if it were a militory history of ancient Israel; he makes a particularly significant contribution to Exodus studies. Gabriel an experienced infantry officer and military historian, offers astute military insight into the Biblical narrative and makes comprehensive some of the mysterious explanations for well known events.'' Jewish Book World
'œ[A] good chronological narrative of the military history of ancient Israel....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.'' Choice
"Drawing on findings from archeology, demography, ethnography and other relevant disciplines, Gabriel analyses the Bible as if it were a militory history of ancient Israel; he makes a particularly significant contribution to Exodus studies. Gabriel an experienced infantry officer and military historian, offers astute military insight into the Biblical narrative and makes comprehensive some of the mysterious explanations for well known events."- Jewish Book World
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An analysis of the Bible as a military history, Gabriel includes collaborative findings from archaeology, demography, ethnography and other relevant disciplines.
Long Description
Exactly how did the Israelites cross the desert? How did Moses cross the Red Sea? How did Joshua take Jericho, and how did the sun appear to stand still at the Ayjllon Valley? No one has ever analyzed the Bible as a military history Gabriel provides the first attempt at a continuous historical narrative of the military history of ancient Israel. He begins with a military analysis of Exodus, an unprecedented and hugely significant contribution to Exodus Studies. This book includes collaborative findings from archaelogy, demography, ethnography, and other relevant disciplines. As a seasoned infantry officer and military historian, Gabriel brings a soldier's eye to the infantry combat described in the Bible. Seeking to make military sense of the Biblical narrative as preserved in Hebrew, he renders comprehensible some of the "mysterious" explanations for famous events.
Long Description
Exactly how did the Israelites cross the desert? How did Moses cross the Red Sea? How did Joshua take Jericho, and how did the sun appear to stand still at the Ayjllon Valley? No one has ever analyzed the Bible as a military history Gabriel provides the first attempt at a continuous historical narrative of the military history of ancient Israel. He begins with a military analysis of Exodus, an unprecedented and hugely significant contribution to Exodus Studies. This book includes collaborative findings from archaelogy, demography, ethnography, and other relevant disciplines. As a seasoned infantry officer and military historian, Gabriel brings a soldier's eye to the infantry combat described in the Bible. Seeking to make military sense of the Biblical narrative as preserved in Hebrew, he renders comprehensible some of the mysterious explanations for famous events.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
The Land of Israelp. 1
Armies of the Biblep. 17
The Exodusp. 59
The Campaigns of Joshuap. 109
Wars of the Judgesp. 153
Saul's Warsp. 187
David and the Israelite Empirep. 229
Solomonp. 283
Selected Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 317
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