The Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology And The Myth Of Israel by Thomas L. Thompson

By Thomas L. Thompson

The Jewish people's historic claims to a small region of land bordering the japanese Mediterranean usually are not purely the basis for the fashionable country of Israel, also they are on the very middle of Judeo-Christian trust. but within the Mythic prior, Thomas Thompson argues that such claims are grounded in literary fable, no longer background. one of the author's startling conclusions are these:

• There by no means used to be a "united monarch" of Israel in biblical times
• we will not speak about a time of the Patriarchs
• the total concept of "Israel" and its background is a literary fiction.

The Mythic prior presents fresh new how one can learn the outdated testomony because the nice literature it used to be intended to be. even as, its debatable conclusions approximately Jewish heritage are certain to end up incendiary in a global debate approximately one of many world's seminal texts, and certainly one of its such a lot bitterly contested areas.

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To reduce this bias, the handpicked sample is used to derive zooarchaeological information pertaining only to larger mammals: sheep, goats, pigs, cows, and larger game animals, the bones of which are more massive and likelier to be picked up by excavators. Wet sieving was carried out using a 1 mm aperture mesh. The buckets for wet sieving contained sediments from which no bone material was extracted by the excavators. Following sieving and drying, the sieved fraction was sorted to isolate micromammal, fish, and mammal bones.

2006) identified a feature characterized by a series of laminated white and black sediments that they interpreted as the remains of threshing floors. Overall, the reconstructed scenario that emerged from these analyses was that cooking, storage, crafts, and ritual were conducted inside the house while flint knapping and threshing were conducted outside the house. Recently, however, the suggestion of Gadot et al. (2006) regarding the threshing floor remains was tested using geoarchaeological methods (Shahack-Gross et al.

A meticulous study of all aspects of material culture can illuminate issues of mundane life and daily activities of the urban commoners of Hazor. A better understanding of these facets of the city’s life will enable us to tackle questions concerning the larger processes of development and decline affecting the site. Here we would like to highlight one relevant example of such a process—the gradual economic decline, leading to a situation of political and social strife, witnessed in Canaan during the Late Bronze Age.

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