Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-v

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

MUCH of the history of Gibeon has been recovered through the systematic destruction of the sources themselves. When we arrived at el-Jib in 1956 to begin the first excavation of the ancient city, its remains were securely...

CONTENTS

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p. xiii

List of Illustrations

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pp. xv-xix

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I. El-Jib, the Site of Gibeon

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pp. 3-23

THE Arab village of el-Jib is only eight miles from the busy, cosmopolitan city of Jerusalem. Yet in the half hour that it takes to drive by car from the city to this primitive village one travels at least a thousand years backward in...

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II. The Link with the bible

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pp. 24-52

THE first scientific explorer to leave anything like a descriptive account of the village of el-Jib and its antiquities was Edward Robinson. In 1838 this American scholar, competent in the field of biblical studies, made a visit of...

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III. Drawers of Water

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pp. 53-78

THE most conspicuous physical feature of Gibeon, as it is known from ancient sources, is its adequate supply of water. The "great waters that are in Gibeon" made it a choice camp site for the refugees after the catastrophe of the...

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IV. Makers of Wine

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pp. 79-99

THE Bible has not a word to say about what happened in Gibeon throughout a span of almost four centuries. The city had been prominent in the stories about Joshua's conquests and it had reappeared in the accounts of the internecine...

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V. Everyday Life

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pp. 100-124

THE written records about Gibeon which have survived in the Old Testament consist almost exclusively of scenes depicting significant events in the history of this city: the making of the treaty with Joshua, the defeat of the Amorite...

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VI. The Necropolis

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pp. 125-144

TOMBS have been discovered at el-Jib from each of six major archaeological periods in the city's history: Early Bronze, Middle Bronze I, Middle Bronze II, Late Bronze, Iron, and Roman. From these burials we have learned that...

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VII. Three Thousand Years of History

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pp. 145-165

GIBEON is probably best known as the place where the sun stood still in obedience to Joshua's bold command. Besides this patently miraculous tale there are in the Bible accounts of dramatic events that have taken place at the...

Appendix: The Staff at el-Jib

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pp. 169-170

Chronology of Preliminary Reports

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p. 171

Index

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pp. 173-176