BAR 33:04, Jul/Aug 2007
The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), 376 pp., $32.50
In The Natural History of the Bible, Daniel Hillel combines a wealth of scholarship from the fields of history, archaeology and Biblical criticism, but above all, from the environmental sciences, to illustrate the profound effect that environment played in shaping ancient Hebrew society and culture. Long overlooked, or relegated to mere background if considered at all, Hillel puts the ecological setting of the Hebrew saga front and center.