About Our People

In his new book, Ancient Israel’s Neighbors, Brian Doak (School of Theology) provides an accessible guide to the nations immediately surrounding Israel during the biblical period: Canaan, Moab, Edom, Ammon, Philistia, Phoenicia, and Aram. Though smaller than the towering empires of Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt, these neighbors play a major role in the narrative of Israel’s faith. Each chapter provides a review of archaeology, writing, art, culture, and history, discussing not only the biblical presentation of each neighbor but also what we know about the neighbor outside of the Bible from the ancient world. The book is part of Oxford University Press’s new “Essentials of Biblical Studies” series.

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