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Ancient Canaan and Israel takes readers past the scriptural portrayals of the area and into the typical lives of Canaanites and Israelites. It attracts on lately came upon archaeological facts and clean interpretations of biblical and extrabiblical texts to teach how archaeologists and different researchers reconstruct the numerous aspects of those civilizations—political, geographic, social, fiscal, spiritual, technological, and aesthetic.

For skilled students or enthusiastic novices, it's an enlightening portrayal of the folk and the land of Canaan and Israel, which strains many recognized religious and cultural traditions again to their historic roots. it's also an goal creation to a couple of much-debated subject matters, akin to the destiny of the Canaanite cultures, the origins of the Israelites, and the historic accuracy of the Bible.

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For instance, on the coastal plain, the relatively high water table and shifting sand dunes have probably altered the landscape significantly over time (Goldberg 2003). Other factors contributing to these localized topographical transformations include tectonic activity, especially around the Jordan Rift Valley, and shifts in seasonal drainage systems, resulting largely from variations in rainfall. 5 Olive trees thrive in the Judean foothills. ( J. ). Geomorphological evidence from the wadis also indicates variations in waterflow with occasional flooding due to variations in rainfall, particularly in the southern portion of the region (Rosen 1986; Goldberg 1986).

To the east of the coastal plain is the low foothill zone commonly known as the Shephelah, a narrow strip of foothills between the coastal plain and the Judean mountains. ) in the east. Rainfall patterns are similar to those of the coastal plain, varying from south to north. In the southern Shephelah, alluvial sediments consisting mainly of Holocene gravels are typical. The wide valleys (for example, the Soreq Valley) that transect the Shephelah contain fertile gray to grayish-white Mediterranean rendzina soils.

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