The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

5. A History of Ancient Israels

The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter - Philip R. Davies†

Philip R. Davies† [+-]
University of Sheffield, (Emeritus)
Philip R. Davies, who died in 2018, was Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. Educated at Oxford and St Andrews, Scotland, he edited, authored or co-authored 37 books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and various aspects of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including In Search of Ancient Israel (1992), Whose Bible Is It Anyway? (1995), Scribes and Schools: The Canonization of the Hebrew Scriptures (1998), The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002) and Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History (2008). He was co-founder of Sheffield Academic Press and former President of the British Society for Old Testament Study and European Association of Biblical Studies.

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The land of the Old Testament runs from the Mediterranean Sea eastwards to the Jordan Valley, and from the borders of modern Syria and Lebanon as far as Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. Ancient writers called this land many names, including part of Syria, Canaan, Retenu and Palestine. It has four geographical zones: (from west to east) the coastal plain, lowlands, highlands and the Jordan Valley. The Jordan Valley, including the Dead Sea and the lake of Galilee, is part of the Great African Rift and forms the lowest point on the earth’s surface. On a map, it may seem a major barrier but the river can in fact be crossed at may points quite easily on foot. Beyond it lies the Jordanian plateau.

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Davies, Philip. 5. A History of Ancient Israels. The Bible for the Curious - A Brief Encounter. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 50-65 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781797440. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35686. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35686. Nov 2018

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