Geographical Setting

Geographical Setting

Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context - Bronze Age

Ancient Israel in its Near Eastern Context - Iron Age

The Northern Kingdom of Israel

Quick maps for the Northern Kingdom of Israel

Map of important sites

 Israel sites 

Created by Macquarie University School Resources - find large res. version here.

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Ancient Israel northern kingdom 

Kingdoms of Ancient Israel and Judah c.830 BC

Kingdoms of Israel and Judah https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kingdoms_of_Israel_and_Judah_map_830.svg

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Kingdoms of Ancient Israel and Judah during the Iron Age, with significant sites highlighted. 

Iron Age Ancient Israel

I. Finkelstein (2007), The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel, p.x

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For information on the geographical setting, natural resources and features, see the following sources:

SourceDescription

Aharoni, Y. (1979), The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography (trans. and ed. by A.F. Rainey). 

(You can find this source in Google Books!)

pp.3-6: Introduction to the geographical setting and its role in relation to the Fertile Crescent.

pp.8-11: Climate

pp.11-13: Geological characteristics of the land and its agricultural potential.

pp.13-19: Economy

pp.22-24: Jezreel Valley and a map of Israel’s different regions. 

pp.28-29: Mount Ephraim.

Hindmarsh, H. and C. Harnack (2009), The Near East: Nelson Ancient History.pp.130-133: General outline of the geographical setting of Ancient Israel.
Rainey, A.F. and R.S. Notley (2014), The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World 2nd ed.

p.38: A good map for the different regions of the land

p.39: Very brief geographical description of Jezreel and Samaria, with emphasis on their mentions in the bible.

pp.41-42: Climate, with emphasis on how the rainfall regime dictated the cultivation of the land throughout the year.

Rogerson, J. (1985), The New Atlas of the Bible.

pp.58-60: Overview of the geography

p.63: Map of vegetation of ancient Israel (the smaller map)

pp.146-151: Geographical description of the heartland of the Kingdom of Israel (Bethel, Samaria, Carmel and Jezreel) with detailed topographical maps.

The Southern Kingdom of Judah

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