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

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts Author Neil Asher Silberman
ISBN-10 0684869136
ISBN-13 9780684869131
Year 2002-06-11
Pages 385
Language English
Publisher Touchstone
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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 They argue that crucial evidence or a telling lack of evidence at digs in Israel Egypt Jordan and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Biblethe wanderings of the patriarchs the Exodus from Egypt Joshuas conquest of Canaan and David and Solomons vast empirereflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts 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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