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The horsemen of Israel : horses and chariotry in monarchic Israel (ninth-eighth centuries B.C.E.)

Author: Deborah O'Daniel Cantrell
Publisher: Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 2011.
Series: History, archaeology, and culture of the Levant, 1.
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"Almost every book in the Hebrew Bible mentions horses and chariots in some manner, usually in a military context. However, the importance of horses, chariots, and equestrians in ancient Israel is typically mentioned only in passing, if at all, by historians, hippologists, and biblical scholars. When it is mentioned, the topic engenders a great deal of confusion. Notwithstanding the substantial textual and  Read more...
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Cantrell, Deborah O'Daniel.
Horsemen of Israel.
Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 2011
(DLC) 2011018405
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah O'Daniel Cantrell
ISBN: 9781575066479 1575066475
OCLC Number: 759160114
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 150 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: ""Front Cover""; ""Front Matter""; ""Series Page""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""Preface and Acknowledgments""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Introduction""; ""Background""; ""Modern Horsemanship""; ""Ancient Scholarship""; ""Current Scholarship""; ""Historical Setting""; ""Biblical Text""; ""Chronology Matters""; ""Horse-Related Architecture""; ""Contents""; ""The Nature of the War-Horse""; ""The Sights of Battle""; ""The Noise of Battle""; ""The Smells of Battle""; ""The Sex of the War-Horse""; ""The Horse in Battle""; ""The Limitations of the Horse in Battle"" ""Killing a Horse in Battle""""Horses in Iron Age Israel and Judah""; ""Kurkh Monolith""; ""Tel Dan Stele""; ""Hebrew Bible Texts""; ""Captured Horses""; ""Horse Trading""; ""Horse Prices""; ""Horse Breeding""; ""Size and Breed of Horses""; ""Economic and Practical Considerations""; ""Religious Concerns""; ""Chariotry in Iron Age Israel""; ""Origin of Monarchic Chariotry""; ""Suitability for Chariotry""; ""Topography""; ""Short Distances""; ""Chariot Cost, Manufacture, and Repair""; ""Chariots in Battle""; ""Architectural Advances for the Israelite Chariotry""; ""Six-Chambered Gates"" ""Chambered Gate Dimensions""""Stables of Israel: The Case of Megiddo""; ""Stabled Horses""; ""Feeding Troughs""; ""Feeding Regimens""; ""Water Systems""; ""Tethering Holes""; ""Stall Floors""; ""Removal of Horses from Stalls""; ""Presence of “Only� One Exit from the Stable""; ""Stabling of Stallions""; ""Lack of Horse Paraphernalia at Megiddo""; ""Lack of Horse Bones at Megiddo""; ""Lack of Horse Teeth at Megiddo""; ""Ventilation""; ""Training Considerations""; ""Jezreel Military Headquarters and Cavalry Depot""; ""Summary""; ""Warfare in Iron Age Israel""; ""Aramean Invasions"" ""Assyrian Invasions""""Egyptian Invasions""; ""Invasion of Moab (2 Kings 3)""; ""From Chariotry to Mounted Combat""; ""Conclusion""; ""Index of Authors""; ""Back Cover""
Series Title: History, archaeology, and culture of the Levant, 1.
Responsibility: Deborah O'Daniel Cantrell.

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"Almost every book in the Hebrew Bible mentions horses and chariots in some manner, usually in a military context. However, the importance of horses, chariots, and equestrians in ancient Israel is typically mentioned only in passing, if at all, by historians, hippologists, and biblical scholars. When it is mentioned, the topic engenders a great deal of confusion. Notwithstanding the substantial textual and archaeological evidence of the horse’s historic presence, recent scholars seem to be led by a general belief that there were very few horses in Iron Age Israel and the Israel’s chariotry was insignificant. The reason for this current sentiment is tied primarily to the academic controversy of the past 50 years over whether the 17 tripartite-pillared buildings excavated at Megiddo in the early 20th century were, in fact, stables. Although the original excavators, archaeologists from the University of Chicago, designated these buildings as stables, a number of scholars (and a few archeologists) later challenged this view and adopted alternative interpretations. After they ‘reassessed’ the Megiddo stables as ‘storehouses, ’ ‘marketplaces, ’ or ‘barracks, ’ the idea developed that there were no place for the horses to be kept and, therefore, there must have been few horses in Israel. The lack of stables, when added to the suggestion that Iron age Israel could not have afforded to buy expensive horses and maintain an even more expensive chariotry, led to a dearth of horses in ancient Israel; or so the logic goes that has permeated the literature. Cantrell’s book attempts to dispel this notion. Too often today, scholars ignore or diminish the role of the horse in battle. It is important to remember that ancient historians took for granted knowledge about horses that modern scholars have now forgotten or never knew. Cantrell’s involvement with horses as a rider, competitor, trainer, breeder, and importer includes equine experience ranging from competitive barrel-racing to jumping, and for the past 25 years, dressage. The Horseman of Israel relies on the author’s knowledge of and experience with horses as well as her expertise in the field of ancient Near Eastern languages, literature, and archeology."--Back cover.

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