Biblical Archaeology Review 42:4, July/August 2016

ReViews: The New Bible of Ancient Pottery

BAR July/August 2016 cover

Certain brand names are so common that they have come to represent the generic product, like “Kleenex” or “Frigidaire.” In relation to an authoritative volume on ancient pottery of the Holy Land, that name would be Ruth Amiran. Her book, Ancient Pottery of the Holy Land, was published in Hebrew in 1963 and in English in 1969. There is virtually no student or scholar of Canaan and ancient Israel who has not used this resource in training as an archaeologist or in research. This has been the ultimate “bible” of ancient pottery in Israel—until now.

It seems that from now on, we’ll be referencing “Gitin” as we have referenced “Amiran” in the past.

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