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- DescriptionInscriptions discovered since 1980 and fresh epigraph research have revealed much about the Archaeminid period in the Levant (533-332 BCE). Andre Lemaire concentrates on three areas where new data has shed light on the societies living in the largest empire that the world had kwn to that date. Phoenicia played a vital political and ecomic role in the empire because Persian kings had to rely on the Phoenician navy in their wars against Greece and Egypt in the Eastern Mediterranean. Newly discovered inscriptions from Byblos, Sidon and Tyre, as well as the results of research into coins, have illuminated the chrology, history and extent of the Phoenician kingdoms, as well as their influence in Palestine. New inscriptions have added to our kwledge of the Judean Diaspora in Babylonia, Egypt and Cyprus. The main indirect information about the Exiles previously available to us was in the book of Ezekiel. Now, epigraphic data has revealed t only many names of Exiles but how and where they lived and more about their relationship with Jerusalem. The third region described is the Persian provinces of Samaria, Judaea and Idumaea, especially during the 4th century BCE. The publication of various, mainly Aramaic, contemporary inscriptions on papyri, ostraca, seals, seal-impressions and coins, sheds new light on the daily life and religion of these provinces. The insciptions help us to understand something of the chrology, society and culture of these three different provinces as well as several Biblical texts in their historical and ecomic contexts. With over 90 inscriptions illustrated and fully transcribed, this book provides new insight into a period that has proved difficult to study.
- Author BiographyAndre Lemaire has worked, first as a researcher in the French National Center for Scientific Research and later as directeur d'etudes in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris), in the field of West Semitic epigraphy, Levantine history and Hebrew Bible in the first millennium BCE, for more than forty years. He has published many new Hebrew, Aramaic and Phoenician inscriptions as well as new historical interpretations. He is especially interested in the connection between West Semitic epigraphy and the Biblical tradition and was a member of the Editorial board of Vetus Testamentum for 36 years.
- Author(s)Andre Lemaire
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication12/11/2015
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleSchweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note90 b&w illustrations of inscriptions, coins, etc.
- Weight508 g
- Width166 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine17 mm
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