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The History and Archaeology of Phoenicia
Sader, Hélène

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019 pp. xvi + 383. $50.00

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Description: Hélène Sader presents the history and archaeology of Phoenicia based on the available contemporary written sources and the results of archaeological excavations in Phoenicia proper. Sader explores the origin of the term Phoenicia; the political and geographical history of the city-states Arwad, Byblos, Sidon, and Tyre; and topography, climate, and natural resources of the Phoenician homeland. Her limited focus on Phoenicia proper, in contrast to previous studies that included information from Phoenician colonies, presents the bare realities of the opportunities and difficulties shaping Phoenician life. Sader’s evaluation and synthesis of the evidence offers a corrective to the common assumption of a unified Phoenician kingdom.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology

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Review by Wolfgang Zwickel
Published 8/19/2020
Citation: Wolfgang Zwickel, review of Hélène Sader, The History and Archaeology of Phoenicia, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

Review by Helen Dixon
Published 9/9/2020
Citation: Helen Dixon, review of Hélène Sader, The History and Archaeology of Phoenicia, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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