In the narrow sense this volume deals with Egyptian military activity in the southern Levant, about 1300 to 1185 B.C. In the broad sense it provides a case study for the integration of historical, archaeological, and anthropological perspectives.
Basing himself on a new comprehensive concordance of terms in Egyptian military accounts, the author starts with a contextual analysis of over thirty terms and clauses. With the Egyptian perception of events established, two chapters are devoted to the archaeological evidence for Egyptian presence, influence, and destruction at over forty site, regional, and socio-ethnic toponyms in the southern Levant. In conclusion, an unprecedented research paradigm is presented for the assessment of Egyptian military activity.
This volume includes illustrations, maps, and an extensive bibliography essential to Near Eastern historians, sociologists, archaeologists, Egyptologists and biblical scholars.
Michael G. Hasel, Ph.D. (1996) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Southern Adventist University. His extensive archaeological excavations in the Middle East include Ashkelon, Dor, Gezer, Masada, and Tell Miqne-Ekron in Israel and Tell Jalul in Jordan.
For research libraries and scholars, especially those interested in the much-needed endeavor of understanding how to relate texts to archaeology.' Tammi J. Schneider,
Religious Studies Review, 2000. '
The scope of its compiler's scholarship and the extent of his long experience in the subject to which his Dictionary
is devoted are impressive, and it is gratifying now to have at our disposal a work whose contents bespeak dedication to a task requiring labours of Herculean proportions.' J. Derek Latham,
Journal of Semitic Studies, 2000. '
…builds toward an essential goal of this book, that is, to provide a case study in the integration of archeological, textual, and anthropological areas of inquiry, for it is only within this framework that a more complete picture of the socio-political dynamics of the southern Levant during this period can emerge in a vital and stimulating way.'
Annual Egyptological Bibliography, 2001.
All those interested in the interaction of societies, military activity in antiquity, the origins of early Israel, Moab, and Edom, as well as Near Eastern historians, sociologists, and archaeologists, Egyptologists, and biblical scholars.