Battles of the Bible
Throughout its history, the strip of land between the Mediterranean coast and the Jordan River, most widely known as Palestine, has repeatedly been the scene of war, either the reverberating clashes of great empires or guerrilla skirmishes in the rocky hillsides and narrow gorges. But few descriptions of the actual step-by-step progress of battles are as vivid and exciting as those in the Bible, from the account of the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command, through the conquest of the kingdom by David and Solomon, the split of the kingdom into Judah and Israel, and the Maccabees' successful rebellion against Seleucid domination.
In Battles of the Bible, detailed maps and specially commissioned ground and aerial photography, together with illustrations of all relevant aspects of biblical life, combine with a lively account by two of Israel's most outstanding experts in military affairs to provide a fascinating reconstruction of the chain of military clashes that formed biblical history. Battles.
Illustrations 70 black-and-white photographs, 8pp colour, 36 maps
CHAIM HERZOG, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, emigrated from Ireland to Israel as a boy and was educated at the universities of London and Cambridge. He served in World War II in the British Army, and in various command and staff posts in the Israel Defence Force, concluding his service with the rank of major general. His appointments included two periods as Director of Israeli Military Intelligence, and he served as the first Military Governor of the West Bank of Jordan in 1967.
MORDECHAI GICHON, former head of the Military History Department at the University of Tel Aviv, is currently its Professor of Roman Archeology. He was bom in Berlin and has seen active service in the British and Israeli armies. He is the author of a number of important books and articles on history and archeology.