By Eric M. Meyers, Mark A. Chancey
Drawing at the most modern, groundbreaking archaeological examine, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the historical past of historic Palestine during this richly illustrated and expertly built-in book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the nice within the fourth century BCE till the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine within the fourth century CE, they synthesize archaeological proof with historic literary assets (including the Bible) to provide a sustained review of the tumultuous highbrow and non secular alterations that impacted global historical past throughout the Greco-Roman period.
The authors display how the transformation of the traditional close to East below the impression of the Greeks after which the Romans resulted in foundational alterations in either the cloth and highbrow worlds of the Levant. Palestine's subjection to Hellenistic kingdoms, its rule by way of the Hasmonean and Herodian dynasties, the 2 disastrous Jewish revolts opposed to Rome, and its complete incorporation into the Roman Empire offer a history for the emergence of Christianity. The authors notice within the archaeological list how Judaism and Christianity have been nearly undistinguishable for hundreds of years, until eventually the increase of imperial Christianity with Emperor Constantine.
The simply book-length evaluate on hand that makes a speciality of the archaeology of Palestine during this interval, this entire and powerfully illuminating paintings sheds new gentle at the lands of the Bible.
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43 Numismatic ﬁnds at Jotapata and Meiron provide striking testimony of change: the inﬂux of Seleucid coins ceased and that of Hasmonean coins began. 44 Especially in Upper Galilee, the changing ceramic proﬁle illustrates shifts in settlement patterns. In the western part of the region, users of Phoenician jars began slowly retreating toward the coast, leaving behind their inland sites. Toward the east, Galilean Coarse Ware, a pinkish-gray pottery with white grits that had been common around Mount Meiron, began to disappear, and many of the sites that had used it were abandoned.
50–56) and began appointing priests of his own choosing. , leveling it to the ground, and achieved a new level of independence from the Seleucids (1 Macc 13:41–53; Ant. 139). The removal of the threat posed by the Akra in the heart of Jewish territory allowed the Hasmoneans to focus on the conquest of new areas, a development that in turn led to a sizable increase in the number of their subjects as well as the strengthening of the agricultural and economic base. , several decades after its reported capture.
Can be suggested. e. Yehud coins from the same period have been most helpful in establishing a chronology using paleographical analysis. The corpus points to an administrative continuity between the Persian and Macedonian through the Ptolemaic period, possibly down to the Seleucid period. , during the Hasmonean period. The distribution of the Yehud stamp impressions in the Hellenistic period before the Hasmoneans shows the increasing importance of Ramat Rahel as an administrative center for the collection of taxes in kind and trade.
Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III by Eric M. Meyers, Mark A. Chancey