The Bible: Strategy from Scripture

THE BIBLE

As they demonstrated again in last year's Six-Day War, the Israelis are tough, wily soldiers. Their ancestors weren't bad either. In a new book called Great Battles of Biblical History (published in England by Hutchinson & Co. Ltd.), retired British General Sir Richard Gale analyzes scriptural warfare from Abraham to the Maccabees. Gale suggests that, more often than not, the Hebrew military commanders anticipated many of the tactics employed by later and more celebrated generals.

Gale is a former chief of British troops in Palestine after World War II, and later...