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Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
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Solving the Exodus Mystery, Volume 1: Discovery of&hellip by Ted T. Stewart
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first thing that overwhelmed me was Stewart's need for an editor. He continually uses boldface in an amateurish way, and like the Elaine Bennis character on "Seinfeld", uses exclamation points throughout. On pp 124 and 128 he uses the term "brainchild" (spelled two different ways) incorrectly -- the thinker isn't the brainchild, the idea is. On p 139 he refers to "mid-thirty's" which should be "mid-thirties". He refers to the upcoming volume 2 as "Solving the Exodus Problem" (p 345) and refers to "Table 21-I (p. 312)" while the table is on p 314. These may sound like nitpicking, but such things reduce an author's… Read more
The Jews in the Roman World by Michael Grant
The Jews in the Roman World by Michael Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars The Roman Wars, May 13 2004
This book is worth reading. The index is pretty poor, although there certainly are a lot of entries in it. There are a few genealogies in the back that are helpful in the first 100 pages or so. There are a number of different ISBNs for this title, but it's all the same book. It's hard to believe it has not previously received an Amazon review.

Grant begins with a one-chapter overview of Jewish traditions before the Romans, follows with two chapters on the Maccabaean revolt against Hellenic rule, and wraps all of it up in 49 pages. As the scars of Greek occupation persist today in the anti-Jewish hate crimes perpetrated in the name of a fictional "Palestinian… Read more
Philistines: Their History and Civilization by R. A. Stewart Macalister
Philistines: Their History and Civilization by R. A. Stewart Macalister
I picked up this book on these Samson-Blinders at the library the other day. It had obviously been rebound, but was in great shape. When I opened it I found it dates from 1914! And, stranger still, was recently in print. Author R.A. Stewart Macalister (M.A., F.S.A., Professor of Celtic Archaeology, University College, Dublin) was interested in the Philistines from a Biblical perspective, which was almost all there was in 1914 regarding the Philistines. The then-recent finds of the upper Euphrates basin and adjoining regions have helped shaped the view of the Philistines. However, it's not all that different from 1914, as most of what we know of the Philistines originated in the Bible… Read more