Habiru by Gary Arthur Thomson
The Rise of Earliest Israel

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In the Year 1230 BCE, the stately city of Shechem cradled between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal was suddenly disturbed out of her reserved formality, her closely-watched market, her liturgical inner temple routine, her orderly sentinelled turrets. A flood of people from every direction poured into her gates and thronged her narrow streets. A new nation called Israel was about to come into being. A fact validated by two corroborative Egyptian inscriptions hieroglyphed in stone.

At Shechem in the Year 931 BCE two historians began to write the story of Israel. Two women. Civil war triggered their need to write. A tragicomic situation was unfolding, and the two insightful women could see it coming. They were in the royal court, but, being women, they were powerless to avert the catastrophe. Being educated, they did have the power of the pen! Rehoboam, the successor to King Solomon was being crowned at Shechem and his cocky arrogance created a catastrophe-the breakup of Israel.

"Professor Thomson's skill as a teacher and writer enables his students and reader to think through the ancient stories and give them context in archaeological settings in life like Shechem."
-Dr. Lucie Lavoie, Université de Montréal.


About Gary Arthur Thomson

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For a quarter of a century, Dr. Gary Arthur Thomson has taught popular courses in Biblical Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern History at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has used traditio-historical criticism and archaeology to look at the Sumerians, the Hittites, the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians as well as the rise of earliest Israel in Palestine. Based on student evaluations, Dr. Thomson received the Teacher of The Year Award at McGill University from Chancellor David Johnson. His courses at McGill University have been popular with Jewish students, Islamists, French Canadian Catholics, Protestants and quite a few agnostics. Gary Arthur Thomson is a Nebraskan by birth. He was a community organizer in Hastings, Nebraska during the Johnson War on Poverty. Educated in the Humanities at Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.A.), he studied at San Francisco, Dubuque, and Edinburgh to become a teacher and minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He completed the Economics course of the US College of The Armed Forces. During his graduate studies, he worked as an archaeologist in Israel with Hebrew Union College. His Ph.D. dissertation analyzed cuneiform economic clay tablets from Sumer-the world's ?rst civilization. He and his wife, Jeanette Kroese Thomson, have taken their McGill students on archaeological study-tours worldwide. The Thomson's have four daughters: Kim-director of experimental aeronautical engineering with Bombardier, Shannon-music professor at Concordia University, Jill-professional artist in Edmonton, and Dawn-professional musician in Rochester NY. Jeanette and Gary live in an environmentally-designed house on Ile Verte near Montreal.
Published August 4, 2011 by iUniverse. 144 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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