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August 24, 1979 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-24

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12 Friday, August 24, 1919

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Negev Archeological Findings Dispute Biblical Claim

From Israel Digest

MARK S. LIPSITZ
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JERUSALEM — Ar-
cheological surveys of the
Negev may shed light on the
biblical Book of Joshua, the
historical veracity of which
is being examined by a
number of Israeli ar-
cheologists.
Excavations at Tel Arad
and Tel Masos in the north-
ern Negev have already

indicated that the Israelites
under Joshua did not con-
quer the Canaanites
through a series of military

victories as suggested in the.
Bible, but through gradual
settlement in empty areas
adjacent — but not too close

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Shown are 3,000-year-old ruins of an Israelite
house in the Negev.
to — enemy concentrations.
Since the dispute involves
the pattern and chronology
of settlement, a large scale
survey rather than indi-
vidual digs might prove
more useful. The period to
watch as the Negev . survey
progresses is the era of the
Late Bronze Age and Early
Iron Age; the last days of the
Canaanites and the first
days of the Israelites in
Palestine.
Rudolf Cchen, who
There's a lot going on at
specializes in Negev
archeology for the Israel
Northland this weekend.
department of antiquities
Events the whole family will
explained that as things
enjoy. Plan to be at "The Big
stand now, we ar-
Weekend." You'll have a
cheologists are in big
trouble concerning the
wonderful time.
Bible." Cohen said that if
"WEEKEND OF
the Bible- was entirely
accurate, there should be
THE CHILD"
evidence of many later
Canaanite settlements in
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
the northern Negev
11 a.m., Mona of Hot Fudge
which the Israelites con-
tours the center.
quered. But preliminary
studies show little evi-
FRANKLIN SIMON COURT
dence of Negev settle-
2 p.m., School and Holiday
ment from the Middle
Bronze Age to the Iron
Fashion Show with
Age, meaning the areas
commentary by Mona of
the Israelites settled were
Hot Fudge.
empty, and military
methods were not neces-
NORTHLAND AUDITORIUM
sary to capture them.
4 p.m., The Brendell
Cohen hopes that the
survey "may clear up this
Puppet Show.
contradiction."
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th —
Otherwise, from what is
now known, the history of
JC PENNEY NORTH COURT
Negev settlement differs
1 p.m. and 3 p.m., The Mime
little from settlement pat-
Ensemble in Residence from
terns in the rest of the
region. As a territory of
Oakland University will
transition between Asia
present various illusions
and Africa, it was crossed
juggling, magic tricks, and
repeatedly by prehistoric
basic mim
e.
hunters, and one can be sure
that the survey will uncover
numerous prehistoric sites.
A prehistory survey in the
Sinai some years ago re-
vealed 46 sites.
Evidence has already
been uncovered proving the
existence of a dense line of
Israelite settlements
stretching across the north-
ern Negev in the time of
Greenfield at Eight Mile Road
King Solomon, which repre-
sents the limit of Israelite
expansion in the south.
After Solomon's death, his
son lost control, and Egyp-
tian Pharoah Shishak took
advantage of the disunity to
invade Palestine and de-
stroy the belt of settle-
ments.
After that, the Negev was
virtually empty until the
Roman-Byzantine period
when under control of the

Nabateans, the desert
region enjoyed its greatest
degree of prosperity ever in
antiquity. Like the rest of
Palestine, the 7th Century
Arab conquest resulted in
massive population de-
crease, since the center of
the newly-emerging Mos-
lem empire was in Damas-
cus, further north.
Because of poor water
and soil conditions, the
southern Negev was
never as populated as its
northern counterpart.
Thus, the survey is ex-
pected to yield more sites

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The general pattern of
settlement in the Negev has
already been established.
The surveys should clarify
some points in dispute, such
as the contradiction be-
tween existing archeologi-
cal evidence and the text of
the Book of Joshua.

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