By Josette Elayi
Here is a blueprint for a brand new interdisciplinary method that decompartmentalizes disciplines for the research of this district of the Achaemenid Empire together with Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine and Cyprus. impressive cultural evolutions and adjustments during this zone want nearer examine: the creation of coinage and the coin economic system, the assets of anxiety over difficulties of strength and identification, the emergence of city-states just like the Greek urban sort, the improvement of mercenary armies, the outlet up of the Western edge of the Persian Empire to the Greek global. thoroughly new learn tasks can commonly alter the imaginative and prescient that classical and oriental experts have ordinarily shaped of the background of the Persian Empire.
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1981). Since 1978, A. Zertal has been directing a research programme in the region of Samaria, consisting of an exhaustive regional survey and the excavation of key sites. This programme uses data processing to store the data, to establish typologies and to make maps of the results; the first general survey, recently published (Zertal 1990), seems very promising with regard to the demographic and economic development of Samaria in the Persian period, but we must wait for the publication of the computerized procedure used to be able to assess its validity.
Like the traditional periodicals, Transeuphratene accepts research articles relative to its field in all its branches: history, archaeology, epigraphy, biblical studies, historical geography, numismatics, historical sociology, and so on. It contains as well an Information Bulletin on Syria-Palestine in the Persian period with numerous headings, such as: Bibliography, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Old Testament, Book Reviews. Supplied in part by the works of ASPEP, and the meetings organized in national and international settings, that series is the reflection of a local dynamic of research, dedicated to a field too long neglected and one that we wish to see developed in France as well as abroad.
One quite often ends up in this way with a segmented, sectored history, without any real historical problematic being proposed. In the following chapter we ask what should be, at least in theory, the role of the historian of Transeuphratene. The traditional approaches are cluttered up with some aprioristic approaches, especially 'biblocentrism', 'hellenocentrism' (Elayi 1987b: v), and very recently Tranocentrism'. Biblocentrism is as old as biblical studies: it consists of studying all questions, even those which are completely independent of the Bible, through a biblical perspective.
Beyond the River: New Perspectives on Transeuphratene (The Library of Hebrew Bible Old Testament Studies) by Josette Elayi