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Death and Burial in Iron Age Israel, Aram, and Phoenicia


Death and Burial uses archaeological and textual evidence to examine death and burial in Iron Age Israel and Aram. Despite dramatic differences in the religious systems of these peoples, this monograph demonstrates striking connections between their basic material and psychological frameworks for dealing with death.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0640-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Dec 13,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 401
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0640-6
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Death and Burial uses archaeological and textual evidence to examine death and burial in Iron Age Israel and Aram. Despite dramatic differences in the religious systems of these peoples, this monograph demonstrates striking connections between their basic material and psychological frameworks for dealing with death.

Death and Burial uses archaeological and textual evidence to examine death and burial in Iron Age Israel and Aram. Despite dramatic differences in the religious systems of these peoples, this monograph demonstrates striking connections between their basic material and psychological frameworks for dealing with death.

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Rachel Nabulsi

Table of Contents (v)

Foreword (ix)

List of Figures (xi)

Abbreviations (xiii)

Chapter 1: Introduction (1)

Chapter 2: Archaeological Evidence of Mortuary Remains in Israel and Judah (11)

   Canaan in the Late Bronze Age: A Brief Overview (11)

   Burial Practices in Iron Age Israel and Judah (15)

   Conclusion (60)

Chapter 3: Israelite Tomb and Funerary Inscriptions (63)

   Ketef Hinnom (63)

   Silwan (76)

   Khirbet el-Qom (81)

   Khirbet Beit Lei: Hebrew Graffiti from a Chamber Tomb (94)

   “The Stone-Cutter’s Inscription” (98)

   Conclusion (101)

Chapter 4: The Biblical Texts Concerning Death in Israel and Judah (103)

   Death Enters the World, Death as a Link in a Chain (105)

   Reward and Punishment (109)

   Death Notices Serving the Purpose of the Narrative: Reward and Punishment Continued (121)

   Mourning Customs, Ancestor Veneration, and Necromancy (147)

   Conclusion (161)

Chapter 5: Archaeological Evidence for Mortuary Remains in Aram (163)

   The Syro-Hittite Kingdoms of Western and North Syria (163)

   Two Late Bronze/Early Iron Age Sites (175)

   Evidence from Aram in the Iron II period (185)

   Conclusion (221)

Chapter 6: Syro-Hititte Aramaic Funerary Inscriptions (223)

   The Hittite Heritage of Veneration of the Dead in Aram (223)

   Evidence from Śam’al (Site: Zincirli Höyük) (228)

   Evidence from Bēt-Gūš: The Neirab Inscriptions (258)

   Conclusion (272)

Chapter 7: Archaeological Evidence of Mortuary Remains in Phoenicia (273)

   Byblos and Sidon during the Middle and Late Bronze Age (277)

   Evidence from Phoenicia in the Iron Age (282)

   Conclusion (298)

Chapter 8: Phoenician Funerary Inscriptions (299)

   Royal Inscriptions (299)

   Two Non-Royal Inscriptions (317)

   Conclusion (320)

Chapter 9: Concluding Comments. Mortuary Archaeology in Israel, Aram, and Phoenicia (321)

   Grave Goods as a Uniting Feature (321)

   Burial Types as Differentiating Features (324)

   Funerary Texts Showing Both Similarity and Difference (328)

Bibliography (331)

Index (357)

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