The Archaeology of Israel

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1997-03-01
Publisher(s): Sheffield Academic Pr
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This challenging volume offers a timely and extensive overview of the current state of archaeology in Israel. Contributed by leading scholars, the essays focus on current problems and cutting-edge issues, ranging from reviews of ongoing excavations to new analytical approaches. Of interest not only to archaeologists, but to social historians as well, the topics include archaeology and social history, archaeology and ethnicity, as well as the overarching issue of how texts and archaeological knowledge are to be combined in the reconstruction of ancient Israel.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 11
List of Figuresp. 13
List of Contributorsp. 15
Introductionp. 17
Politics and Archaeologyp. 34
Archaeology, Political Culture, and Culture in Israelp. 48
Structuring the Past: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Symbolic Authority of Archaeological Monumentsp. 62
Historical Imaginings, Ideological Gestures: W. F. Albright and the 'Reasoning Faculties of Man'p. 82
Tel Miqne-Ekron: An Iron Age I Philistine Settlement in Canaanp. 96
The Yigael Yadin Memorial Excavations at Hazor, 1990-93: Aims and Preliminary Resultsp. 107
Discoveries at Tel Dorp. 128
The Excavations at Tel Beth Shean during the Years 1989-94p. 144
The Revolutionary Effects of Archaeology on the Study of Jewish History: The Case of the Ancient Synagoguep. 166
Jewish Ritual Baths - Interpreting the Digs and the Texts: Some Issues in the Social History of Second Temple Judaismp. 190
Pots and People Revisited: Ethnic Boundaries in the Iron Age Ip. 216
Can Pig Remains Be Used for Ethnic Diagnosis in the Ancient Near East?p. 238
Group Identification and Ethnicity in the Construction of the Early State of Israel: From the Outside Looking inp. 271
Philology, Theology, and Archaeology: What Kind of History Do We Want, and What Is Possible?p. 290
Text and Artifact: Two Monologues?p. 311
Index of Referencesp. 342
Index of Authorsp. 345
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