From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple, 4th ed.

edited by Hershal Shanks


Andrea M. Berlin, Manfred Bietak, James H. Charlesworth, Jennie Ebeling, Steven Fine, Melody D. Knowles, André Lemaire, John Merrill, Eric M. Meyers, and Gary A. Rendsburg

“Concise and readable. An integral part of my courses for three decades. Students and the general public alike will enjoy.”

-Eric H. Cline
The George Washington University

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About the Book

Ancient Israel, now in its fourth edition, is the widely acclaimed history of ancient Israel written by the world’s foremost biblical scholars and archaeologists. Each chapter has been updated and expanded to incorporate a decade’s worth of outstanding new discoveries and fresh scholarly perspectives. Also, features student-friendly content and enhancements, including informative sidebars that delve deeper into the field’s most exciting findings and debates.


“A very readable and accessible account of Israel’s history…upgraded to properly chronicle women’s contributions to Israel’s story.”

—Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary and St. Andrews University, Scotland

“A continued reliable introduction to the study of Israel with useful resources for further reading. A significant contribution to any home library.”

—Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, William Jessup University

Publication Details 

Prentice Hall and
Biblical Archaeological Society (2022)
440 pages
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About the Author

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The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., joined the VTS faculty in 2013. Before coming to VTS, she was a member of the faculty at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago from 1999-2013.

Dr. Knowles received her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001. Her dissertation, “The Centrality of the Jerusalem Temple and Religious Practice of Yehud in the Persian Period,” stemmed from her interests in the reworking of historical traditions within the Psalter, women’s use of the Psalms, and the ancient practice of religion. She earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994, and a B.A. (summa cum laude), from Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada in 1991.

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Faculty Scholarship at VTS

Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship seminary of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1823, VTS faculty prepare leaders from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the Church. Our faculty are a diverse community of scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and research. Through publications, public speaking, and travel, faculty engage with the wider Church and world, while shaping the next generation of leaders.

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