Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
Covering the time span from the Palaeolithic period to the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, Egyptologist Donald Redford explores 3000 years of uninterrupted contact between Egypt and Western Asia across the Sinai land-bridge. He presents a sweeping narrative of the love-hate relationship between the peoples of ancient Israel/Palestine and Egypt. Who were the Egyptians,...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published February 4th 1992 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1992)
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Oct 24, 2009 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
This is a scholarly book about the political, economic, and cultural relationships between Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world from prehistoric times to 586 B.C. Although Israel appears in the title, it does not appear in the book until about page 250. And even then, much of the discussion is about how little is known due to deficiencies of certain Biblical texts as historical sources or works of history. (These deficiencies are discussed in some detail. If you be...more
Redford traces a chronologically comprehensive history of Egypt's political relations with its Levantine, Aegean, and Mesopotamian neighbors, from the Neolithic to the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. Drawing upon contemporary Egyptian texts and their Mesopotamian analogues, as well as sources ranging from Herodotus to the Septuagint, the book offers many well-known narratives from less-familiar vantage points. Significant also is Redford's evaluation of the sources themselves, especial...more
This is an incredibly thorough account of the lands mentioned in the book's title, focusing primarily on the relationship between Egypt and the nations to its East. A very difficult read--extraordinarily heavy prose--it is meticulous in evidence and detail. Though there is far more information here than a lay person like myself could reasonably make use of, the book does provide an excellent big-picture look at Egyptian and Biblical history. But even the most sophisticated historian should find...more
A great work of integrative historical scholarship that details the interaction between Egypt, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia from the stone age up to the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Little Israel is put into the context of the larger competition between the great powers of the time.