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Author Finkelstein, Israel.

Title The Bible unearthed : archaeology's new vision of ancient Israel and the origin of its sacred texts / Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman.

Published New York : Touchstone, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  221.95 FINK    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 385 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 356-372) and index.
Contents Prologue: In the Days of King Josiah 1 -- Introduction: Archaeology and the Bible 4 -- Part 1 Bible as History? -- 1. Searching for the Patriarchs 27 -- 2. Did the Exodus Happen? 48 -- 3. Conquest of Canaan 72 -- 4. Who Were the Israelites? 97 -- 5. Memories of a Golden Age? 123 -- Part 2 Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel -- 6. One State, One Nation, One People? (c. 930-720 BCE) 149 -- 7. Israel's Forgotten First Kingdom (884-842 BCE) 169 -- 8. In the Shadow of Empire (842-720 BCE) 196 -- Part 3 Judah and the Making of Biblical History -- 9. Transformation of Judah (c. 930-705 BCE) 229 -- 10. Between War and Survival (705-639 BCE) 251 -- 11. A Great Reformation (639-586 BCE) 275 -- 12. Exile and Return (586-c. 440 BCE) 296 -- Epilogue: The Future of Biblical Israel 315 -- Appendix A Theories of the Historicity of the Patriarchal Age 319 -- Appendix B Searching for Sinai 326 -- Appendix C Alternative Theories of the Israelite Conquest 329 -- Appendix D Why the Traditional Archaeology of the Davidic and Solomonic Period Is Wrong 340 -- Appendix E Identifying the Era of Manasseh in the Archaeological Record 345 -- Appendix F How Vast Was the Kingdom of Josiah? 347 -- Appendix G Boundaries of the Province of Yehud 354.
Summary "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 ancient Israel, bringing archaeological evidence to bear on the question of when, where, and why the Bible was first written." "As to why the answers are so new, Finkelstein and Silberman draw on evidence from decades of archaeological work and dozens of digs in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, to explain that the key early books of the Bible were first codified in the seventh century B.C.E., hundreds of years after the core events of the lives of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, and the conquest of Canaan were said to have taken place.".
"Yet the ultimate message of The Bible Unearthed is not just a correction of the record. Instead, it is a unique and fascinating explanation of the origins of the Bible. The Bible's newly identified authors, threatened with political crisis and the intimidation of nearby empires, crafted a brilliant document, a set of stories and teachings that would eventually appeal to the faithful beyond the boundaries of any particular kingdom."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Silberman, Neil Asher, 1950-
Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Antiquities.
Bible -- Controversial literature.
Bible. Old Testament -- Evidences, authority, etc.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Palestine.
Jews -- Civilization.
ISBN 0684869128
0684869136 (paperback)

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