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Cities of the Biblical World: An Introduction to the Archaeology, Geography, and History of Biblical Sites
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This text is designed to introduce students of the Bible to the archaeology, geography, and history of many of the important sites of the Old and New Testament worlds. Many of these sites were centers for trade, religion, defense, culture, industry, and government. DeVries details the development of significant sites from villages and towns to cities, based on how the site could meet the essential needs of the people. The availability of water or arable land, proximity to trade routes, and easily defensible terrain were prime factors in determining a city's prominence. This study concentrates on the cities in Mesopotamia, Aram/Syria and Phoenicia, Anatolia, Egypt, and Palestine during the Old Testament period, and Palestine and the provinces of the Roman world during the New Testament period. Special attention is given to the geographical setting of the city, the history of its development, its relevance to the Bible, its distinguishing features, and any significant archaeological discoveries made at the site.
"This volume is 'user friendly' and full of relevant historical and geographical information. Readers will find cities from antiquity described in such ways that the broader biblical world comes into focus and the Bible's setting is illumined. . . . this is a handy reference volume for [readers'] perusal."
J. Andrew Dearman, Professor Old Testament Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
"The book should fill an important niche in instructional work in biblical history and archaeology. It provides in one easily accessible source information that is available only in multiple sources. The next time I offer our course in Archaeology and the Ancient Near East, this book will be one of the texts."
Bruce C. Cresson, W. W. Melton Professor of Religion and Director, Institute of Archaeology, Baylor University
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About the Author
LaMoine F. Devries received his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He has contributed numerous articles to books such as the Anchor Bible Dictionary, New International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Mercer Bible Dictionary, and Holman Bible Dictionary.
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