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Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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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Mohamed Ibrahim
الكتاب دسم وملئ بالمعلومات وشيق لحد البكاء
صحيح انه طويل ومفصل للغاية واحيانا ممل ولا يمكن الانتهاء منه فى اقل من شهر علي الاقل الا انه يستحق
دراسة تاريخية مفصلة ممتعة ومليئة بالمصادر والحكايات التاريخية الشيقة
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
Richard Rogers
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
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
بصراحه يتاكل اكل :)
الجزء الاخير كان عن الميثولوجي
يا دين النبي :) :)
لازم الاشاره هنا لمجهود المترجم كمان
Roger Burk
This is tough going--a scholarly book written by a scholar for scholars. He assumes a general knowledge of Egyptian history. Nevertheless, it gives a generally readable account of the relationships between Egypt and Palestine from the Old Kingdom to the Babylonian Captivity (though the thread becomes hard to follow in the Iron Age). Those who know Biblical history may think of Palestine before the Hebrews as having only a scattering of nondescript Canaanite tribes and cities, but this book shows ...more
Ahmed Masry ahlawy
كتاب جيد للغاية والمؤلف كان محايداً ولم يدع للمعتقد الديني مدخلاً للتأثير على سير العمل والإستنتاجات
جهد مشكور لسبر أغوار فترات هامة في التاريخ البشري
Mohamed Karaly
استمرارا فى السحلة التى لا أعلم إلى أين ستأخذنى، مأخوذا بهذا الشغف الجديد بالتاريخ القديم خصوصا
قراءة التاريخ - على عكس كتب الفلسفة التى قد تؤدى معادلة جدلية بسيطة فى صفحة منها نفعها وتنتج طاقة هائلة- نتائجها غير قريبة وغير مرئية بوضوح، فأثرها ينتج بعد آلاف الصفحات .. مغامرة هائلة فى سرداب لا تُرى نقطة الضوء فى نهايته. خصوصا أننى بشكل مفارق وغريب اندفعت بهذا الشغف فى فترة فارقة فى حياتى أكثر ما تحتاج إليه هو التبصّر الدنيوى الفورى المرهون باتخاذ قرار، لا التبصّر التأملى الممطوط عبر التغيب فى آلا
Sameh hwary
أكاد أبكي لسببين الأول لأني أخيرًا أنهيته و الثاني أنه للأسف انتهى
Melinda Jane Harrison
One of my favorite reads on Egyptian history. This book is detailed and if you read closely, you'll learn a lot about trade routes and the overall economy of countries at this time. This was a textbook for a college class and I loved it then and I just reread it for the third time. Very impressed.

I'd like to add that my husband and I are University of Memphis alumni and this book is used by the Anthropology and Art History departments as a textbook. And the school has an advanced Egypt connecti
David Olmsted
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.
Very well resourced and clearly written. Most texts on Egypt treat other city-states peripherally, but this incorporates an entire area and gives a better picture of the land economically and politically.
John Cox
Jun 03, 2012 John Cox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: interested in biblical and levantine history
Finished! It was a tough read sorting through the footnotes and histories but loved it. I especially loved the ancient Canaanite histories. Ugarit rocks!
More readable than I expected. Pretty solid; touches on a lot of interesting material.
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is a Canadian Egyptologist and archaeologist, currently Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is married to Susan Redford, who is also an Egyptologist currently teaching classes at the university. Professor Redford has directed a number of important excavations in Egypt, notably at Karnak and Mendes.
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