How the Israelites and their neighbors treated the dead, and why their practices challenged the young religion. A sparkling synthesis of the behaviors, attitudes, and theologies relating to death from the earliest settlement of the land of Israel to this day....A wonderful read. Baruch Halpern.
Rachel Hallote, who directs and teaches at the Jewish Studies Program at Purchase College (SUNY), has studied and written on the archaeology of death for more than ten years. She holds a doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Chicago and is now a working archaeologist who spends her summers excavating in Israel.
Full of fascinating, albeit religiously controversial material. * Journal Of The Royal Musical Association * Bold...a fascinating account that is accessible, clear and well-informed. -- Ian Morris, author of <I>Burial and Ancient Society<I> A sparkling synthesis of the land of Israel to this day...masterful control...a wonderful read. -- Baruch Halpern * Pennsylvania State University * This book, suitable for a lay or profession audience, provides a highly readable and engaging non-technical and general introduction to the topic of death and the afterlife in ancient Isreal through modern times. -- Ann E. Killebrew * Religious Studies Review * [Hallotte's book] definitely deserves a place in the collections of most academic libraries. -- Wade Kotter * CHOICE *
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