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on 27 July 2001
I found this book to be a predictable and rather uninteresting diatribe. A better title might have been "The Invention of Ancient Palestine" for that is what this book seeks to achieve. So much is missing from its hitorical treatment: Consider for instance, the fact, that when the Romans destroyed jerusalem in the first century AD, this feat was commemorated by the minting of special coins, with the image of a jew, crying under a palm tree, and bearing the words "Judae Capta" - Judea Captured! Archaeologists and historians are aware of how great a feat the ancient Romans considered their destruction of the Jewish kingdom - of ancient Israel. Or flick through a copy of BAR (Biblical Archaeology Review) - and look at the numerous findings of the ancient clay seals of the early judean kings. The seal of King Hezekiah (727-698 BC) is quite impressive. The iconography and incription on these seals provides great evidence of the strength and power of ancient Israel; in short, of its reality. But this book does not merely offend against science and history. It is in fact guilty of the very crimes that it accuses others of: It is a blatant attempt to erase Jewish history and the very real historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. It stems from a distorted world view, and though works such as these are written not for the benefit of history, but of politics, I can only suggest that such desperate efforts to rewrite and erase the Jewish tradition are obstacles to peace and understanding.
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2.3 out of 5 stars