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by Richard A. Gabriel

Category: Bible Study and Reference
Subcategory: Christian Books
Author: Richard A. Gabriel
ISBN: 0275977986
ISBN13: 978-0275977986
Language: English
Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (October 30, 2003)
Pages: 360
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Exactly how did the Israelites cross the desert? How did Moses cross the Red Sea? How did Joshua take Jericho, and how did the sun appear to stand still at the Ayjllon Valley? No one has ever analyzed the Bible as a military history Gabriel provides the first attempt at a continuous historical narrative of the military history of ancient Israel. He begins with a military analysis of Exodus, an unprecedented and hugely significant contribution to Exodus Studies.

This book includes collaborative findings from archaelogy, demography, ethnography, and other relevant disciplines. As a seasoned infantry officer and military historian, Gabriel brings a soldier's eye to the infantry combat described in the Bible. Seeking to make military sense of the Biblical narrative as preserved in Hebrew, he renders comprehensible some of the mysterious explanations for famous events.

Comments to eBook The Military History of Ancient Israel
Burisi
If you are looking for a different view of the old testament, you need to read this book. It interprets the old testament in terms of military history. It discusses topography of the lands, weaponry, tactics using bible passages. This is not a revisionists history, it is simply providing a military point of view for the old testament history.
Tejar
I liked the History Channel series inspired by the this book, but I wanted more scholarly detail and less "made for TV drama". The book did not disappoint. Richard Gabriel's approach of "Yahweh as the commanding general" seems weird and contrived. But, the tactical and operational level analysis is sound from a military point. His conclusions are based on quite a lot of conjecture, but they would have to be. Overall, it is very interesting and entertaining.
Cia
Simply put, there is no other work of its kind out there. This reviewer does not agree with many points of interpretation which Dr. Gabriel makes, but I also deeply respect his analysis and in many instances spot-on analysis of warfare when and wherever contained in the Old Testament/Pentateuch. Dr. Gabriel's work is strictly secular and limited to looking at the Old Testament through a purely military lens. For the faithful, this is a serious flaw in his work; yet, perceived flaw or not, The Military History of Ancient Israel is compelling, well researched, highly readable, and thought-provoking analytical narrative. A must for biblical scholars, students, laymen, and clergy alike. Not to mention the Soldier!
MarF
This is richly interesting scholarship conveyed by a writer, Richard A. Gabriel, in full command of reader-friendly expository techniques. Those who tacitly see history as a cultural weapon, archaeological and otherwise, to promote politically correct or pacifist ideas will find little succor in Gabriel's smash-through-to-the-truth style. Not that Gabriel doesn't speculate to help us sort through possible interpretive hypotheses.

Gabriel's approach argues for a more comprehensive reading of the Old Testament than is often allowed. As if invoking the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Gabriel argues that our interpretive filter either allows us to see or not see a particular focus: "To regard the Bible as a religious text makes it difficult to regard it as a military text, for if one accepts the text as describing miraculous events, one will likely be blinded to the text as military history." Is light a wave or a particle? Both, we answer, but not necessarily at the same time.

While Gabriel respects the Bible as primarily a religious text, he lets the reader know that his purpose is to reveal the military background, including "logistics, tactics, manpower, fortifications, command and control, weapons and weapons manufacture, troop leadership, and military strategy." Readers will never feel that Gabriel is doing anything more than illuminating what the writers of the Old Testament have already put there. To respect their intentions, the sacred and divine should best be read in the context of war and military defense.

It "has been customary to regard Israelite military history as beginning with Joshua and the conquest of Canaan," Gabriel argues, but "when the text is read only as military history, it turns out that Exodus contains a wealth of information heretofore not addressed by military historians that sheds considerable light on the military capabilities of the Israelites before the assault on Canaan."

The reader never feels that Gabriel's research is in the service of any strings-attached ideological master. Only the gullible few will accept government-sponsored "scholarship" in any field as being the vanguard, tenure-seeking academics excused for obvious reasons.

Yes, I respect Gabriel's battlefield savvy obtained from persevering biblical research--and his combat experience during the war in Vietnam. The value of this book can also be glimpsed while watching his well-done "Bible Battles" program on the History Channel, available through Amazon.
Buzatus
This appears to be a college textbook, hence the price. Contributing factors likely to include, small production run and thick with color illustrations and glossy pages. Its not a paperback dime novel.
furious ox
Why is the book so ridiculously expensive? The KINDLE version is $79.96 ??? This is not normal book pricing.
Preve
Too EXPENSIVE.
The author unquestionably accepts the Biblical Exodus or Conquest theory about the development of ancient Isreal that has been rejected by almost every scholar since the 1920's. He then adds his own speculation on top of this mythical foundation. The result is a string of rather silly assumptions that add absolutely nothing to the study of this comlex subject. In fairness it would make a great script for a movie if only Steve Reeves were around to appear in it.
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