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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Albrektson, Bertil. History and the Gods: An Essay on the Idea of Historical Events as Divine Manifestations in the Ancient Near East and in Israel. Lund, Sweden: CWK Gleerup, 1967. An important monograph that shows significant similarities between ancient Israel and its neighbors in the interpretation of historical events as divine revelation.

Bar-Yosef, Ofer. “Prehistoric Palestine.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, ed. Eric M. Meyers, 4.207–12. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. An up-to-date synopsis of the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

Clifford, Richard J. Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East and in the Bible. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series, 26. Washington, D.C.: Catholic Biblical Association, 1994. A valuable summary, with detailed comparisons.

Dalley, Stephanie. Myths from Mesopotamia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. A reliable translation of ten major Mesopotamian myths.

Ehrich, Robert W., ed. Chronologies in Old World Archaeology. 3d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. A comprehensive survey of the archaeological data for prehistoric chronology.

Gonen, Rivka. “The Chalcolithic Period.” In The Archaeology of Ancient Israel, ed. Amnon Ben-Tor, 40–80. A detailed interpretive summary of the evidence.

Grimal, Nicholas. A History of Ancient Egypt. Trans. Ian Shaw. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992. A current summary.

Orni, Ephraim, and E. Ephrat. Geography of Israel. 4th ed. Jerusalem: Israel Universities Press, 1980. A detailed treatment.

Postgate, J. N. Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History. New York: Routledge, 1992. A synthesis of archaeological and textual data into a detailed social and economic history.

Potts, D. T. Mesopotamian Civilization: The Material Foundations. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1997. Provocative synthesis of archaeological data with historical, literary, and artistic evidence.

Rollefson, Gary O. “Invoking the Spirit: Prehistoric Religion at Ain Ghazal.” Archaeology Odyssey 1.1 (1998): 54–63. An illustrated discussion by the excavator of Ain Ghazal. For further bibliography, see his “‘Ain Ghazal,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, ed. Eric M. Meyers, 1.36–38 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Saggs, H. W. F. Civilization before Greece and Rome. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989. A thematic overview.

Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. Before Writing. Vol. 1, From Counting to Cuneiform; vol. 2, A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992. An innovative investigation of the origins of writing.

Snell, Daniel C. Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100–332 B.C.E. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1997. A chronologically arranged social history.

Soden, Wolfram von. The Ancient Orient: An Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East. Trans. Donald G. Schley. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1994. A thematic survey by a distinguished Assyriologist.

Trigger, B. G., et al. Ancient Egypt: A Social History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. An innovative historical survey that focuses on social and economic aspects of Egyptian history, with extensive use of archaeological data.

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