Reading List: Jewish History, Biblical through Roman Periods

Biblical Scholarship/History/Archaeology

Old Testament Parallels (New Revised and Expanded Third Edition): Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East by Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible by Eric Cline

Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William Dever

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? by William Dever

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Silberman and Israel Finkelstein

Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Eliot Friedman

Bronze Age Collapse-Babylonian Exile

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) by Eric Cline

The End of the Bronze Age by Robert Drews

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Second Edition by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes

The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction by Rainer Kessler

The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age by Assaf Yasur-Landau

Ancient Israel’s History and Historiography: The First Temple Period (Collected Essays) Volume 3 by Nadav Na’aman

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

Babylonian Exile-Roman Period

Jews, Judaism, and the Classical World by Gedalyahu Alon

The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology by Andrea M. Berlin

The Jews in the Greek Age by Elias Bickerman

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 by Martin Goodman

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Second Edition by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes

Achaemenid Imperial Administration in Syria-Palestine & the Missions of Ezra & Nehemiah (Dissertation (Paperback)) by Kenneth G. Hoglund

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Highlands of Judah: Collected Studies on the Restoration Period by Sara Japhet

The Jewish War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics) translated by Betty Radice; by Flavius Josephus

Josephus: The Complete Works translated by William Whiston; by Flavius Josephus

Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine by Richard Kalmin

Centrality Practiced: Jerusalem in the Religious Practice of Yehud and the Diaspora during the Persian Period (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) by Melody D. Knowles

Religious and Ethnic Communities in Later Roman Palestine (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture, 5) by Hayim Lapin

Judah and the Judeans in the Persian Period by Oded Lipschits

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World: The Jews of Palestine from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest by Peter Schäfer

The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad (Key Themes in Ancient History) by Seth Schwartz

Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism by Lawrence H. Schiffman

Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity by Steven Weitzman

Diaspora Judaism in Turmoil, 116/117 CE: Ancient Sources and Modern Insights (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion) by Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev

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