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Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
Donald Redford -- Princeton University (1992)

Winner of the 1993 Best Scholarly Book in Archaeology
Award of the Biblical Archaeological Society

Pre-History and Archaeology Glossary

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The nature of the north Sinai however belies its importance in antiquity and its use as a transit corridor. For here we are not only on the route between the two local regions of Egypt and the Levant but more especially on the land bridge between the two largest continents: Asia and Africa. From remote prehistory migrants, caravans, armies, pilgrims, and fugitives have crossed this threshold in both directions bearing goods, religion and culture. Funneled into its narrow passage things and ideas have flowed to and fro leaving unmistakable traces not only on the routes of transit but also on the peoples inhabiting the threshold itself ...

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