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Battles of the Bible: A Military History of Ancient Israel

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Battles of the Bible Battles of the Bible presents a comprehensive and illuminating account of the wars of ancient Israel. The Bible's military episodes, recounted here in vivid detail, cover a vast period, from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command, through the conquest of the kingdom by David and Solomon and the split of the kingdom into Judah a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 16th 2006 by Barnes & Noble (first published October 1st 1978)
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Wow, this is a treat, this little gem of a military history. Battles of the Bible: A Military History of Ancient Israel is the ultimate military historian’s “been there, done that” account of ancient battles. Herzog and Gichon, two WWII veterans of the British Army and later, the IDF, apply modern military principles and terminology to the accounts in the Bible, supplemented with other sources. We are introduced to war and peace in this crossroads of civilization from before Abraham until the ba ...more
Anne Hamilton
I'm really surprised to be awarding five stars to this book. My brain tends to switch off and go into snooze mode when warfare, battles or military exploits are mentioned. I found the first chapter or two hard to get into but, after that, either the book became more intrinsically interesting or else I realised the topic was more about strategy than who did what when and I became increasingly fascinated.

By the time the last chapter on the Maccabees rolled around, my appetite was truly whetted an
"Battles of the Bible" explains much that is taken for granted. Mordechai Gichon shows how the ancient Israelites used a mix of hilltops and fortresses create an easily defendable space that was difficult for invading armies to take by force.

Biblical Israel is what today we call "The West Bank," now heavily populated by Palestinian Arabs, while the Israelis of today populate the lowlands that was once home for the "Philistines." Gichon shows how ancient Israeli grand strategy avoided settlement
A decent book that even though they reject the existence of miracles and uphold a naturalistic philosophy in many cases still yield to their research that the biblical narratives could not have been forged. An interesting quote from within their book: "... our close familiarity with matters military and the actual sites of the biblical battles has convinced us that fashionable thinking is wrong in relegating an ever growing part of biblical history to the realm of sage, pragmatic inventions or a ...more
Honza Prchal
For those of us (mostly us goyim) who have not lived combat in the Hole Land or who don't have a bas relief map on the wall of the relevant territory, this book is made somewhat confusing by the lack of a good, clear, preferably multi-colored map of all the places named in the book. The archaeological photos are also not terribly well-chosen, BUT the authors really, REALLY know their subjects.
THe Maccabean revolt is dealt with too tersely, if anything, with some of teh political developments of
The author shows the military wisdom behind the battles and strategies that are recorded in the Bible (without regard to the miracles that he discredits). Additionally, the intertestamental (or the Battle described in the Catholic Bible) are also written about.
Derek Weese
A decent military history, relying heavily on archeology, of ancient Israel. The writers, both former military officers in the IDF themselves, bring enough real world experience to flesh out their opinions on what the ancient Kings and commanders were thinking on the battlefield and on campaign.
The geography of the land of Palestine, more than anything else, reflects the way in which wars are fought and won (or lost) in what the authors called 'the cockpit of the world'. Mountain ranges and val
Outstanding work on an obscure subject.
Jaime Contreras
This was a well-written and researched military analysis of the many battles described in the Bible. The two authors examine the importance of the battles. This book gives a historic reference to the strategies and divine intervention in the numerous battles of the Old testament books. I found it an easy and extremely informative book. There are some references to the divine but most are historical. One gets a feel for the time, tactics and impact of each of the many battles/wars examined in det ...more
Although clearly written for a wide audience, the book contains a lot of analysis from many different sources. It is easy to understand even with the complex array of sources. The authors tyr to use archeological evidence when discussing the battles and sieges in the Bible.
Howard Anders
This book clarifies much of the conflict mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, revealing a historical context for what many previously considered myth. An excellent study.
This is an interesting combination of scholarship, theological inquiry, and archeology, in which Chaim Herzog compares the biblical records of the various military campaigns of the ancient Hebrews/ Israelites with the latest archeological evidence.
This book seemed to me to be more about pushing a godless world view than it was about actual history.
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