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Ancient Israel at War 853Ė586 BC
Kelle, Brad E.

Oxford: Osprey, 2007 pp. 96. $14.95


Description: Complex and unstable, in 922 BC the kingdom of Ancient Israel was divided into Judah, in the South, and Israel, in the North. For the next 200 years, there was almost constant warring between these kingdoms and their neighbors. These bitter feuds eventually led to the collapse of Israel, leaving Judah as a surviving nation until the emergence of the Babylonian Empire, the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, and the exile of the Jewish people. Using ancient Jewish, Biblical, and other contemporary sources, this title examines the politics, fighting, and consequences of Israel's battles during this period. Focusing on the turbulent relationship between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, this book explains Israel's complex, often bloody, foreign policy, and provides a definitive history of these ancient conflicts.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Ernst Axel Knauf
Published 3/1/2008
Citation: Ernst Axel Knauf, review of Brad E. Kelle, Ancient Israel at War 853Ė586 BC, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by T. M. Lemos
Published 6/28/2008
Citation: T. M. Lemos, review of Brad E. Kelle, Ancient Israel at War 853Ė586 BC, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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