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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
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While the British School of Archaelogy has been more or less
inactive since the 1967 war, it publishes two important journals
which must be regularly consulted by the Palestinologist. These
are the
Palestine Exploration Quarterly
and
Levant.
Each of
these may be purchased from the office at 2 H inde Mews, Lon-
don, WIM 5RH.
Regrettably, the German School has also chosen not to work
in Israel since 1967. However, it continues to publish the
Zeit-
schrift des deutschen Palastina-Vereins,
which often contains
important articles on Palestinian archaeology.
USEFUL GUIDES
By way of summary we may refer the lay reader to the
following as reliable guides to recent discoveries and historical
geography. A. Negev’s concise
Archaeological Encyclopedia of
the Holy Land,
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972, or his
Archae-
ology in the Land of the Bible,
Schocken, 1977, present in
reliable fashion the highlights of recent archaeological work.
T he new Abingdon
Supplementary Volume of the Interpreter’s
Dictionary of The Bible
contains an excellent cross-section of
articles on all matters pertaining to the Holy Land and is
especially strong on biblical sites. Y. Aharoni’s
The Land of the
Bible,
Westminster, 1967, recently has been reprinted as has
M. Avi-Yonah’s
The Holy Land,
Baker Books, 1977, with new
indices prepared by A. Rainey. Together they comprise the best
two books on the historical geography of Eretz Israel in print.
Similar material is available in more popular form in the
Macmillan Bible Atlas,
reprinted in 1974.
For the later periods Avi-Yonah’s
Gazeteer of Roman Pales-
tine,
Qedem Monograph series # 5 , and his newly-translated
and revised
The Jews of Palestine,
Schocken, 1976, are invalu-
able. Also to be noted for the later periods is the compendious
two-volume work on the synagogues of Eretz Israel by F. Hut-
tenmeister and G. Reeg,
Die An tike Synagogen in Israel,
Wies-
baden, 1977, Beihefte zum T iibinger Atlas des vorderen Orients.
T o this we add also A. Ovadiah’s
Corpus of Byzantine Churches
in the Holy Land,
Bonn, 1970, for an entree into the world of
Christian archaeology. J. Finegan’s
Archaeology of the New
Testament,
Princeton, 1969, is a useful bu t unreliable source.