History can only be understood in terms of the broad sweep of human events, the ebb and flow of empire and invention. Yet the development of the near middle east, crossroads of armies and migrations which made it a hotbed of political and religious confrontation, is usually viewed in a splendid isolation.

Writers of secular ancient history tend to ignore the Holy Land, that Canaanite crucible which played a major role in the formation of our twin heritages, Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian. Conversely, Biblical history, which is known from archeological sources and from the Bible itself, is all too often written with little reference to the world events which drastically affected its course.

This book recounts the late pre-Christian history of Canaan century by century along with the history of the entire ancient middle eastern world, emphasizing the interactions which strongly affected the early cultures of the west.

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