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In Search for Aram and Israel: Politics, Culture, and Identity
Sergi, Omer, Manfred Oeming and Izaak J. De Hulster, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016 pp. xvii + 429. $194.00

Series Information
Orientalische Religionen in der Antike, 20

Description: Throughout its history, the Kingdom of Israel had strong connections with the Aramaean world. Constantly changing relations, from rivalry and military conflicts to alliances and military cooperation, affected the history of the whole Levant and left their marks on both Biblical and extra-Biblical sources. New studies demonstrate that Israelite state formation was contemporaneous with the formation of the Aramaean polities (11th-9th centuries BCE). Consequently, the Jordan Valley (and especially its northern parts and its extension to the valley of Lebanon) was a constantly changing border zone between different Iron Age polities. In light of that, there is a need to study the history of Ancient Israel not only from the ""Canaanite"" point of view but also within the political and cultural context of the Aramaean world. This volume brings together experts working in different fields to address the relations and interactions between Aram and Israel during the Early Iron Age (12t h to 8th centuries BCE). Contributors: Angelika Berlejung, Erhard Blum, Guy Bunnens, , Israel Finkelstein, Jutta Häser, Izaak J. de Hulster, Assaf Kleiman, Matthias Köckert, Aren Maeir, Amihai Mazar, Stefania Mazzoni, Stefan M|nger, Herbert Niehr, Manfred Oeming, , Juha Pakkala, Nava Panitz-Cohen, Benjamin Sass, Omer Sergi, Yifat Thareani, Christoph Uehlinger, Nili Wazana

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Archaeology

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Review by Brandon Simonson
Published 3/19/2020
Citation: Brandon Simonson, review of Omer Sergi, Manfred Oeming, and Izaak J. de Hulster, eds., In Search for Aram and Israel: Politics, Culture, and Identity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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