Accession Number:

ADA279504

Title:

Holy Wars: An Operational Analysis of Israel's Early Battles for the Promised Land

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

The Old Testament of the Bible contains numerous detailed descriptions of battlefield operations suitable for study as case histories. By way of example, the battles of Saul and David, as depicted in the books of I and II Samuel, are converted into contemporary operational terminology, and analyzed accordingly. If historical detail is viewed separately from religious significance, several books of the Old Testament and Apocrypha are at least as historically accurate and valuable as Thucydides history of the Peloponnesian War, a cornerstone of the Naval War College curriculum. In view of modern day relevance, the case studies of the roots of the first holy wars in the near and middle east are clearly of continuing military significance.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE