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The Bible unearthed : archaeology's new vision of ancient Israel and the origin of its sacred texts

Author: Israel Finkelstein; Neil Asher Silberman
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Bible Unearthed two leading scholars, an archaeologist and a historian, combine a tour of the field of biblical archaeology with a explanation of how and why the Bible's historical saga differs so dramatically from the archaeological finds. They explain what the Bible says about ancient Israel and show how it diverges sharply from archaeological reality. They then offer a new version of the history of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Israel Finkelstein; Neil Asher Silberman
ISBN: 0684869128 9780684869124 0684869136 9780684869131
OCLC Number: 44509358
Description: x, 385 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The bible as history? --
1. Searching for the Patriarchs --
2. Did the Exodus happen? --
3. The conquest of Canaan --
4. Who were the Israelites? --
5. Memories of a golden age? --
pt. 2. The rise and fall of ancient Israel --
6. One state, one nation, one people (c. 930-720 BCE) --
7. Israel's forgotten First Kingdom (884-842 BCE) --
8. In the shadow of empire (842-720 BCE) --
pt. 3. Judah and the making of biblical history --
9. The transformation of Judah (c. 930-705 BCE) --
10. Between war and survival (705-639 BCE) --
11. A great reformation (639-586 BCE) --
12. Exile and return (586-c. 440 BCE).
Responsibility: Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman.

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Since the 1970s, archaeologists have made great strides in recovering the lost world of the Old Testament. Experts understanding of ancient Israel and its neighbours, and Bible tales, have been  Read more...

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Jonathan Kirsch Los Angeles Times A brutally honest assessment of what archaeology can and cannot tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible...presented with both authority and panache. John Read more...

 
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