Battles of the Bible by Chaim Herzog & Mordechai Gichon

Battles of the Bible by Chaim Herzog & Mordechai Gichon lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military section.

London, Mechanicsburg: Greenhill Books, Stackpole Books, 1997, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Title page vignette;

From the cover: In Battles of the Bible the authors Chaim Herzog, former President of the State of Israel, and Mordechai Gichon, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, present a comprehensive work on the wars of ancient Israel. Both authors have seen extensive military service in much the same areas as feature in the biblical accounts.

The Bibles military accounts, told in vivid detail, cover a vast period, from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshuas 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. They are also an essential key to understanding the events of the time, when the struggle for independence and survival overshadowed all other aspects of daily life. National identity and security remains a vital issue in the region today, and many of the places that figure in the biblical accounts still retain their military importance.

Battles of the Bible is a fascinating and valuable work, not only for its exacting scrutiny of the biblical accounts, but also for its insight into their wider and continuing relevance. This new, thoroughly revised and re-illustrated edition of a highly regarded book takes into account current historical and archaeological research, as well as modern trends in biblical scholarship.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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