My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Christian Century recommended this book for better understanding the ancient world that is the context for earlier biblical culture. Making that connection is not the goal of the author, though he makes occasional allusions to the biblical tradition, but is the task of the reader to identify how this research into the origins of agriculture, sedentism, urbanism, writing, and the city-state plus the responses to it by the "barbarians" contributes to a better understanding of the biblical world. And it has done that. Now when reading, teaching, and preaching various texts I will have a better grasp of the latest research in very ancient history aside from that presented in biblical commentaries.
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