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man of the Editorial Board. Following the chapter-and-verse
order of the
Humash,
Biblical statements are quoted—mainly
from the Revised Standard Version—and illustrated in natural
color photography by something pertinent from the civilizations
in or around the land of Israel. Thus on Gen. 30.14 the mandrake
is beautifully reproduced; at Ex. 14.6-7, in connection with Phar-
aoh’s chariotry pursuing the Hebrews into the Sea of Reeds, a
14th century painting from the tomb of Tutankhamon (“King
T u t”) is offered; and so on.
Daily Life of Ancient Israelites
As a result of archeology, more is now known than ever before
about the daily life of the ancient Israelite. Three books that en-
compass the material data conveniently are: A. E. Bailey,
Daily
Life in Bible Times
(New York, 1943), M. S. and J. L. Miller,
Encyclopedia of Bible Life
(New York and London, Harper &
Bros., 1944), and E. W. Heaton,
Everyday Life in Old Testament
Times
(New York, B. T . Batsford, 1956). For background, one
may turn to G. Contenau’s
Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria
(London, Ed. Arnold, 1954) and to P. Montet’s
Everyday Life in
Egypt in the Days of Rameses the Great
(about 1300-1100 B.C.;
London, Ed. Arnold, 1955). And this is perhaps as good a place
as any to make mention of the excellent Hebrew
Library of
Palestinology
edited by S. Yeivin for the Israel (formerly, Jewish
Palestine) Exploration Society, 9 vols. (Jerusalem, Mosed Bialik,
1936-1940).
The reconstruction of the history of the Biblical period is sub-
ject to more frequent and serious change than any other, both
because of the continuous discovery of new texts and materials
and the consequent reinterpretation of the older data. Whoever
wishes to keep up with the latest discoveries and trends in the
history and archeology of ancient Israel would do well to read
regularly
The Biblical Archaeologist,
ed. G. E. Wright and
others (American Schools of Oriental Research, Drawer 93A, Yale
Station, New Haven, Conn.; subscription $1.50 per year, for four
issues). The more advanced student should consult the
Bulletin
of the American Schools of Oriental Research,
ed. W. F. Albright.
The
Journal of the Israel Exploration Society
($6.00 per year,
for four issues; obtainable through the writer at 40 West 68 St.,
New York 23, N. Y.) is probably the best of its kind. The
Pales-
tine Exploration Quarterly
should not be overlooked. The annual
Book List
published by the British Society for Old Testament
Research (ed. H. H. Rowley and others; the issues of 1946-1956
have been brought together under the title
Eleven Years of Bible
Bibliography
[Indian Hills, Colorado, Falcon’s Wing Press, 1957.
Subject Index on p. 789, and author Index on pp. 791-804]) and
the virtually exhaustive bibliographic listing of books and articles