The origins and nature of Ancient Israel's culture and society are hotly debated, and show no sign of cooling. But there is much that can be said, and needs to be said if one isto understand not only the debates, but the culture itself. In this book Ancient Canaan and Israel, Jonathan Golden introduces us to this once great and flourishing civilization. Comprehensive in scope, this book provides informative and scholarly introductions to Levantine geography, its historical setting, and an outline of the various cultures that have dominated the Levant throughout history. To accomplish this, Golden also outlines, in historical progression, the various economies, social structures, political entities, religions, and material culture that have influenced and shaped the history of this region.