Tuesday, October 10, 2006

history of Ancient Israel

A stone (2.43x1 m) with Hebrew inscription “To the Trumpeting Place“ excavated by B. Mazar at the southern foot of the Temple Mount is believed to be a part of the Second Temple.The Semitic culture followed on from the Ghassulians. People became urbanized and lived in city-states, one of which was Jericho. The area's location at the center of routes linking three continents made it the meeting place for religious and cultural influences from Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Asia Minor.

It was also the natural battleground for the great powers of the region. It was also subject to domination by adjacent empires, beginning with Egypt in the late 3rd millennium BCE.


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