Archaeology - Digging up lost civilizations and supporting evidence of ancient knowledge and human development.
Review: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture The NIV Archaeological Study Bible sheds new light on the Bible. From the beginnings of Genesis to the end of Revelation, this new study Bible is filled with informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects that will open your eyes to the historical context of the stories you read and the people you meet in Scripture. From kings and empires to weapons of war to clay pots used for carrying water, the archaeological record surrounding God's Word will help contextualize and inform your personal study.
4-color interior throughout Bottom of page study notes highlight and add further explanation to passages that speak on archaeological or cultural facts included in the Scripture Articles (520) covering one of the following five categories: Archaeological Sites (Hazor, Ugarit, Arad, Ephesus) Cultural and Historical Notes (ancient seals and scarabs, perfume and anointing, the missionary journeys of Paul) Ancient Peoples and Lands (the Persian empire, the history of Egypt) The Reliability of the Bible (the question of the Psalm superscripts, the reliability of Judges, the ending of Mark) Ancient Texts and Artifacts (the Mesha Stone, the Prayer of Confession) Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information Detailed charts on pertinent topics In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action.
Hardcover: 2336 pages
Review: From Publishers Weekly
Finkelstein, director of Tel Aviv University's excavations at Megiddo (ancient Armageddon), and Silberman, author of a series of successful and intriguing books on the political and cultural dimensions of archeology, present for the first time to a general audience the results of recent research, which reveals more clearly that while the Bible may be the most important piece of Western literature -- serving concrete political, cultural and religious purposes -- many of the events recorded in the Old Testament are not historically accurate.
Finkelstein and Silberman do not aim to undermine the Bible's import, but to demonstrate why it became the basic document for a distinct religious community under particular political circumstances. For example, they maintain that the Exodus was not a single dramatic event, as described in the second book of the Bible, but rather a series of occurrences over a long period of time. The Old Testament account is, according to the authors, neither historical truth nor literary fiction, but a powerful expression of memory and hope constructed to serve particular political purposes at the time it was composed.
The authors claim quite convincingly that the kingdoms of Israel and Judah became radically different regions even before the time of King David; the northern lands were densely populated, with a booming agriculture-based economy, while the southern region was sparsely populated by migratory pastoral groups. Furthermore, they contend, "we still have no hard archaeological evidence -- despite the unparalleled biblical description of its grandeur -- that Jerusalem was anything more than a modest highland village in the time of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam."
Fresh, stimulating and highly engaging, this book will hold greatest appeal for readers familiar with the Bible, in particular the Old Testament -- unfortunately, a shrinking percentage of the population. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Carol Mann. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. Softcover: 400 pages