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Baruch Halpern author of The First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History The boldest and most exhilarating synthesis of the Bible and archaeology in fifty years.

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My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love, and Equality A bold and provocative book, well researched, well written, and powerfully argued. It challenges many of the assumptions developed by the literal religious minds of the ages, opening traditional possibilities to new conclusions. Jonathan Kirsch Los Angeles Times A brutally honest assessment of what archaeology can and cannot tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible Israel Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University.

He is a leading figure in the archaeology of the Levant and the laureate of the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension — Archaeology. He is the co-author, with Neil Silberman, of The Bible Unearthed Free Press, and the author of many field reports and scholarly articles. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors.

In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors.

Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.

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The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

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Please try again later. I initially wanted to read a book about the ancient history of the people of the Bible. I specifically wanted a book goes over everything regarding the origins of its sacred texts with relation to political, social, economic, and religious developments throughout history. I was also interested in the historicity of their stories, and most importantly in learning why the Bible says the things it does from a nonreligious point of view. Specifically, it did provide some but insufficient archaeological basis for its claims, and while it did go into metaphorical meanings of some of the biblical stories, it did not sufficiently explain why these stories existed beyond the basic finielstein, “people were simply just trying to find meaning to their lives”.


I wanted to know how the development of the Bible ties into secular history, and how the beliefs of the people biboe Israel evolved throughout time in relation to real world events.

This was everything that I was looking for. It demonstrated using lots of archaeological evidence that many stories in the Bible do not tell events how history suggested they occurred, while other stories proved to fit perfectly in archaeology.

It explained that some stories, such as the wandering of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, the Conquest of Canaan, and the United Monarchy under David and Solomon may not have happened and rather may be based on stories indigenous to the people of Israel.

It explains how the original Israelites were actually Canaanites themselves, only becoming strict monotheists when a new “Yahweh Alone” movement arose after the invasion of the northern Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrian Empire.

Finkelsten movement became significantly intertwined with the territorial ambitions of King Josiah after the decline of the Assyrian domination of bibpe Israel. This is the environment that produced the Bible, a book meant to unify the histories of the northern people of Israel with that of the histories of the southern Kingdom of Judah. When the goals and predictions that were made were not achieved, priests, prophets, and religious scholars sought to redefine the theological meaning of past events creating the Bible in its final form.

This book supports all of these conclusions with textual analysis, archaeological finds and physical evidence. Though not all scholars might not agree with ALL the conclusions the book makes, the authors definitely qualified their statements with compelling evidence. As a nonreligious person myself, with a very religious upbringing, this was the book I have been searching for. It answered so many unwarthed and was engaging at the biblr time.

To a religious person, this book should still be very fascinating, because the authors by no means diminish the literary meaning and rather amplify the Bible’s historical beauty. However, if someone finklestein dogmatic in their religious beliefs and is searching for evidence supporting a literal interpretation of Biblical history, this is not the book for them.

It will bibls set well with Biblical Literalists and Fundamentalists, though I still encourage people, even with these beliefs, to read this book to expose themselves to other interpretations that are out there. The authors wrote in the Acknowledgements section of this book, “Almost eight years ago The debate about the historical reliability of the Bible was again beginning to attract considerable attention outside scholarly circles and we came to the realization that an updated book on this subject for general readers was needed.

In unearyhed, we would set out what we believed to be the compelling archaeological and historical evidence for a new understanding of the rise of ancient Israel and the emergence of its sacred historical texts. Over the intervening years, the archaeological battle over the Bible has grown increasingly bibld Despite the passions aroused by this subject, we believe that a reassessment of finds from earlier excavations finkeltein the continuing discoveries finkeltsein new digs have made it clear that scholars must now approach the problems of biblical origins and ancient Israelite society from a completely new perspective Through archaeological excavations we now what crops the Israelites and their neighbors grew, what they ate, how their built finkelatein cities, and with whom they traded Dozens of cities and towns mentioned in the Bible have been identified and uncovered But that is not to say that archaeology has proved the biblical narrative to be true in all of its details.

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Some of the most famous events in the Bible clearly never happened at all.

But at the same time there were too many contradictions between archaeological finds and the biblical narratives to suggest that the Bible provided a precise description of what actually occurred. Of course, there were some clear problems with accepting this dating for precise historical reconstruction, not the least of which were the extraordinarily long life spans of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob In addition, the later genealogies that traced Jacob’s descendants were confusing, if not plainly contradictory.

This was hardly a minor discrepancy. It is a powerful expression fknkelstein memory and hope born in a world in the midst of change To pin this biblical image down to a single biblr is to betray the story’s deepest meaning. Passover proved to be not a single event finklstein a continuing experience of national resistance against the powers that be. As for the destruction of Bethel, Lachish, Hazor, and other Canaanite cities, evidence from other parts of the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean suggests that the destroyers were not necessarily Israelites.

Archaeology has revealed that complex social transformations Digging in Jerusalem has failed to produce evidence that it was a great city in David or Solomon’s time.

And the monuments ascribed to Solomon are now most plausibly connected with bibld kings. Thus a reconsideration of unearthe evidence has enormous implications. For if there were no patriarchs, no Exodus, no conquest of Canaanand no prosperous united monarchy under David and Solomoncan we say that early biblical Israel, as described in the Five Books of Moses and the books of Joshua, Judges and Samuel, ever existed at all?

Yet there are plenty of reasons to question the extent and splendor of their realm. If there were no big empire, if there were no monuments, if unearthef was no magnificent capital, what WAS the nature of David’s realm?

Their aims were not uneaethed produce an objective history of the northern kingdom but rather to provide finkelsteni theological explanation for a history that was probably already well known, at least in its broad details.

Here is the thing about this book. It has it’s supporters and detractors. The detractors are clearly religious and take offense when anyone doubts the veracity of the bible.

Those that are interested in scientific findings and have trouble taking the bible at face value will find it thought provoking. If you are finkelsein in a thought provoking book based on archeological evidence then I would gives this a read. If you are religious I would look elsewhere. Look at the comments and you will see the one star reviewers are uber religious and lash out at everything the authors postulate. See all reviews.

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