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In a Milk and Honeyed Land is a novel about everyday life about 3,000 years ago in the hill country of Canaan - now called Israel and Palestine - close to the end of the time of Egyptian rule of that province. It explores how the vast changes in lifestyle, politics, religion and music that occurred in that area between what archaeologists call the Bronze Age and Iron Age m ...more
Paperback, 580 pages
Published January 25th 2016 by Matteh Publications (first published May 30th 2012)
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Anna Belfrage
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Already from the title, one gathers this book is set in that ancient cradle of humanity, the Promised Land. Mr Abbott paints a vivid description of the region and its people as it may have appeared well over three thousand years ago, doing a rather elegant tie in to the events related to us in the Book of Joshua.
However, the story is not told from the viewpoint of the Hebrew tribes, instead we are transported to a little town called Kephrath that nestles into a ridge, surrounded by olive groves
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Anastasia Abboud
I've been trying to write a review for this book for over a week, struggling to find the words to convey the beauty and relevance of a story that I found to be an unexpected joy to read.

Dysfunctional families, unhappy marriages, loss of loved ones, the burden of taxes, dishonorable leaders, an unsure future.... How do people get through crisis after crisis, continue to bear uncertainty and pain? In a world that's ever-changing, ever-shrinking, how can we maintain our unique identities without cl
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Paul Bennett
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this novel simply because of the time period and the locale. I enjoy reading about the early history of the ancient Near East. My first real exposure to that area was as a freshman in college and the mesmerizing and thoroughly entertaining Professor Milton Covensky and the textbook he wrote, The Ancient Near East Tradition. Of course, that was a historical perspective, in the world of historical-fiction, the series by Sam Barone, The Eskkar Saga provided an interesting take on the ...more
Richard Abbott
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am the author so naturally I think this book is well worth reading... Here is some background and synopsis for the first part of the story
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In a Milk and Honeyed Land is a novel about everyday life 3,000 years ago in the hill country of Canaan – now called Israel and Palestine – close to the end of the time of Egyptian rule of that province. It explores how the vast changes in lifestyle, politics, religion and music that occurred in that area between what arch
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Nancy
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Richard Abbott writes fiction written in several different genres. The first area is historical fiction set in the Middle East at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200BC. The second is speculative fiction, set either in a historical fantasy world, or else in a near-future solar system exploring issues of high-tech crime and human-machine relationships.

His first excursion into historical fantasy
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