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In this gripping and authoritative book, Ian Wilson looks at the latest findings of eminent Biblical archaeologists and scholars in order to gain a crucial perspective on these arguments. He catalogues the movements of the waters and plates of the earth, takes us behind the myths of ancient peoples and searches the depths of Middle Eastern tombs to reveal some astonishing possibilities. Can Noah's flood be explained by post-Ice-Age floods pouring over the dry Bosporus into a then freshwater lake, today's Black Sea? Do Abraham's remains really lie in the disputed city of Hebron? Might Sodom and Gomorrah really have existed in the geologically unstable Dead Sea region and been destroyed by the fire and brimstone of a massive earthquake? There was a Jacob in Egypt, but does the evidence show that the famous Biblical Exodus was a real event too?
Accompanied by stunning colour photographs, maps and reconstructions of Biblical cities and buildings, this book is both a visual delight and a work of profound intellectual achievement, encompassing history, philosophy and religion, and revealing more about the most important piece of Western heritage in one volume than any other book since Werner Keller's masterpiece The Bible Was History nearly half a century ago.
|Introduction: A Rocky Road||10|
|1||Did the Bible Begin in Turkey?||16|
|2||'The Canaanites Were Then in the Land'||24|
|3||With 'Jacob's Brood' in Egypt||34|
|4||Coming Out with 'Signs and Wonders'||42|
|5||With Moses in No Man's Land||54|
|6||Conquest? What Conquest?||64|
|7||'Israel is Laid Waste'||78|
|8||Those Unsettling Philistines||88|
|9||A King Most Human||102|
|10||'In All His Glory ...'||118|
|11||A House Divided||134|
|13||When the Assyrian Came Down||158|
|14||Succumbing to Babylon||166|
|15||If I Forget You, O Jerusalem||178|
|16||When Priests Fought and Ruled||190|
|17||True Time of the Scrolls?||200|
|18||The Coming of the 'New Covenant'||212|
|19||'A Very Minor Galilean Exorcist'?||226|
|20||Behind the 'Bones and Flesh'||240|
|Notes and references||248|
Posted February 20, 2001
If your any sort of History buff than you should buy this book. Explains historical accuracies of the bible with extensive archealogical resources. Written in great format to.
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