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The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (Anglais) Relié – 30 novembre 2000

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History in miniature 15 mars 2001
Par Atheen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
History is a slight of hands artist of sorts. It tends to focus ones attention on the flashy action center stage while more important events are often happening in the wings. Its spotlight brings out in high relief the massive endeavor of the pyramids, the power and grandeur of the Roman empire, the longevity of Chinese culture, or the blood rituals of the Aztecs. In doing so it tends to neglect the margins, places where cultural synthesis and mere survival of local polities brings the real issues of life during the time into sharper focus. Eric Cline is a master at redirecting ones attention to precisely these issues of history. In The Battles of Armageddon he chronicles the "life" history of a region that was for most of that history on the margins of the action in the Middle East and in the world.
The Jezreel Valley and ancient Megiddo, the Armageddon of Revelation, are brought to center stage in this well researched and thoroughly entertaining book. Here the armies of the world have fought battles deciding the course of human history, and here too it is suggested that the final battle between good and evil will be fought in the future. All tolled, some 34 major battles have been fought in this valley, often if not usually between combatants who are foreign to the area.
In documenting the drama of conflict that has played itself out on this valley floor, Professor Cline has examined a wide variety of data recording human events in the area. He discusses the records of ancient Egypt, the Biblical texts, the cuneiform documents of Anatolia, Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia, the written material of both the Moslem and the Christian participants of the Crusades, French documentation of the Napoleonic wars in the Middle East, the Allenby diaries, letters, etc. for the World War I conflict with the Ottoman Empire, and the more recent evidence for the Arab-Israeli conflicts in the area. In short, he addresses an impressive collection of data and with it constructs an absorbing "biography" of the region, and in doing so brings the history of the world itself into sharper focus.
I found Cline's willingness to entertain alternative proposals for events of the Israelite conquest of the Levant particularly impressive. He does not seem wedded to any particular theme or version of early Biblical history, a fact which gives one confidence in his critical judgment with respect to early documents, both Biblical and extra-Biblical. Where he is uncertain of the order of or veracity of events or their documentation, he is willing to say as much. There is no effort to make the evidence appear more concrete than it is. He also seems to have no preferred "side" in the Arab-Israeli conflict at least as a historian and archaeologist--whether he has one as an individual is his own business. The author also sticks to historical information and its interpretation and only introduces archaeological data where it is pertinent to the discussion. He doesn't burden the amateur enthusiast with more detail than they are willing or able to imbibe. In short he doesn't slow down the "story" of the Jezreel which makes the volume more readable.
Although I certainly found the earlier history of the Valley of interest--my degree is in ancient history--I actually found Professor Cline's treatment of the era of the Crusades more engaging because I learned more. I also enjoyed the discussion of General Allenby's possible foreknowledge of the war between Thutmose III and the Canaanites at Megiddo an excellent demonstration of good historic detective work. (It was definitely a good illustration of the value of a thorough knowledge of history.) The bibliography of The Battles of Armageddon is a veritable who's who of historical and archaeological research since the 19th century, including authors of topical works, of edited collections and encyclopedias, and of journal articles. For anyone with a specific interest this would definitely be a good starting point for the pursuit of information on tangential topics. I will probably use it to help fill in my knowledge of the Crusades. Without doubt this book would appeal to anyone with an interest in history, particularly that of the Levant or of peripheral areas in general, or in political and military history. One might even use it to teach world history, as so many of the main "players" in the events of human activity have passed through this valley and left their mark on it. Definitely a work worth reading.
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Fine Book 26 octobre 2010
Par Pilgrim - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is beyond a doubt the most informative one I have ever read on the history of Israel and the battles the Jezreel Valley.
The reader will be amazed at all the action that took place in Israel that is not made known in most history books. This book is well documented, and contains maps of each battle.It is easy to understand what each army was doing. The Bible scholar who wants a deeper understanding of what took place in the history of Israel will find this book follows the scripture events. It should be noted that the author expresses in detail when there is archaeological proof of events and when there is not. It is left to the reader to make the judgment as to whether or not to accept the scripture account.
This book will be an excellent addition to my library. I highly recommend it.
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Habitual Crossroad of Conflict 26 mai 2013
Par Christian Potholm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
"Habitual Crossroad of Combat" Eric Cline, The Battle of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2000). Armageddon is a corruption of the Hebrew Har Megiddo (Mount of Megiddo) and the city of Megiddo lies astride the Via Maris, one of the most important trade and travel routes between Egypt and the Euphrates. From 2350 BCE until the present, the author counts no fewer than 34 major battles. Especially useful are the descriptions of the battles in Syria-Palestine during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages and the sense of how geography plays such an important role in warfare.
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Great book 12 mars 2013
Par M. Hansen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a great book. It is technical biblical archealogy, but covers a wide span of time. The book was used, but in excellent condition. In fact, it seemed brand new. The vendor sent it to me in a timely fashion.

If you like ancient history, this is a good book to explore.
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Good book 24 mai 2013
Par Earl Wall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book describes the major battles that have been fought in the valley called Armaggeddon. It is informative, full of deails, and should be read by everyone interested in history or the Battle of Armaggedon.
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