The Deuteronomistic History

Excavating in Samson Country, George L. Kelm and Amihai Mazar, BAR 15:01, Jan-Feb 1989.
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Excavating in Samson Country, George L. Kelm and Amihai Mazar, BAR 15:01, Jan-Feb 1989.

Philistines and Israelites at Tel Batash The period from the time of the Judges to the end of the Israelite monarchy is known in archaeological terms as the Iron Age. It is subdivided into Iron I, the time of the Judges from about 1200 to 1000 B.C., and Iron II, the United and Divided Monarchy, […]

Fixing the Site of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, Asher S. Kaufman, BAR 14:06, Nov-Dec 1988.
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Fixing the Site of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, Asher S. Kaufman, BAR 14:06, Nov-Dec 1988.

In a recent BAR article (January/February 1986), Israel Finkelstein, the director of the important new excavations at Shiloh, reported to BAR readers the exciting results of his efforts. The title of the article, “Shiloh Yields Some, But Not All, of Its Secrets,” BAR 12-01, accurately describes the contents. The added blurb, “Location of Tabernacle Still […]

How Iron Technology Changed the Ancient World and Gave the Philistines a Military Edge, James D. Muhly, BAR 8:06, Nov-Dec 1982.
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How Iron Technology Changed the Ancient World and Gave the Philistines a Military Edge, James D. Muhly, BAR 8:06, Nov-Dec 1982.

Modern historians divide the roughly 3,000 year-period beginning approximately 3200 B.C. into two major segments—the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The Bronze Age I extends from about 3200 B.C. to 1200 B.C.a Thereafter it is the Iron Age.b This is some indication of the enormous importance (as well as the date generally) of the […]

How Inferior Israelite Forces Conquered Fortified Canaanite Cities, Abraham Malamat, BAR 8:02, Mar-Apr 1982.
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How Inferior Israelite Forces Conquered Fortified Canaanite Cities, Abraham Malamat, BAR 8:02, Mar-Apr 1982.

For over 50 years now, a school of thought associated with the names of the great German scholars Albrecht Alt and Martin Noth has espoused a particular view of what is described in the Bible as the Israelite conquest of Canaan. This view that there was no conquest but, in fact, a peaceful infiltration by […]