Jericho

Jericho

Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
A biography of a place--the legendary, mythical Jericho--combines lyricism with archaeological evidence to depict the site of ancient cultures

Blackwell North Amer
It is a place both mythic and all too real, a place thought to be the site of one of our oldest human settlements and known to be a center of ancient cultures and annihilating conflicts. It sits at the bottom of a malarial valley, the lowest place on the surface of the earth - "the overheated, earthen basement of the world," as Robert Ruby describes it. And yet, long before the world's modern religions began scrapping over its bones, Jericho was home to waves of colonization and floods of destruction. Fought over by succeeding epochs of ancestors, the place we call Jericho is as old as the first remnants dated at 9,000 B.C. - and as current as the daily headlines.
Matching biblical accounts to archaeological evidence, sifting myth from science, phantoms from reality, Robert Ruby teases out the complex strata of the past, helping us to make sense of what exists today. With the flair of a novelist and the enthusiasm of an amateur archaeologist, he offers a tale that is part detection, part epic adventure. Above all, he gives us a work of great literary panache: witty, fact-filled, and utterly, subversively compelling.

Baker
& Taylor

An unorthodox biography of a place--the legendary, mythical Jericho--combines lyricism with archaeological evidence to depict the site of ancient cultures fought over by Natufians and troglodytes, Canaanites and Judeans, Christians, Muslims, and Jews. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805027990
0805027998
Branch Call Number: 933 RUB
Characteristics: 350 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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