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Suddenly the Old Testament doesn't seem so blood-thirsty

  • Jun 10, 2011

My husband likes modern military history. He's very well-read about it, and I'm not. But Chaim Herzog's Battles of the Bible caught my eye in the store--a military history of ancient Israel? How could anyone know? And now it's on my frequently-referred-to list of books, a fascinating exploration of Biblical history, built on stories of Bible kings and military leaders, contemporary accounts and methods of war, the terrain, the traditions, and the methods of war employed since Biblical times. The result is a book that makes sense of why Israel wanted a king, that explains how the sun might have seemed to stand still, that leaves the reader admiring military leaders' plans and realizing those long "boring" passages actually have something useful to say. History (even in the Bible) might be written by the victor, but this book turns those Bible battles back into history and makes them all make sense.

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Battles Of The Bible presents a comprehensive survey of the wars of ancient Israel. The Bible's military accounts (told 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 by descriptions of topographic 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 biblical accounts, but also for its insight into their wider and continuing relevance. Battles Of The Bible is an importance contribution to Old Testament studies, biblical archaeology, and military history. --Midwest Book Review--This text refers to an alternateHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 0760776261
ISBN-13: 978-0760776261
Author: Chaim Herzog
Publisher: Barnes & Noble

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