The Bible Is History

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The question of whether the Bible contains any element of historical truth has been the cause of one of the most divisive and compelling debates of this century. For modern churchmen and Jewish scholars the text of the Book of Books is seen as an amalgam of myth, mistakes and misinterpretation, yet enshrining still a large substratum of fact. While some have claimed to have made such incredible discoveries as the Ark of Noah, the site of the crossing of the Red Sea, and the Ark of the Covenant, for others even ...
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Overview

The question of whether the Bible contains any element of historical truth has been the cause of one of the most divisive and compelling debates of this century. For modern churchmen and Jewish scholars the text of the Book of Books is seen as an amalgam of myth, mistakes and misinterpretation, yet enshrining still a large substratum of fact. While some have claimed to have made such incredible discoveries as the Ark of Noah, the site of the crossing of the Red Sea, and the Ark of the Covenant, for others even the historicity of the Biblical kings David and Solomon must be rejected.

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.

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Wilson (The Turin Shroud; The Columbus Myth) skillfully presents the popular reader with a coherent narrative of the broad sweep of biblical and Palestinian history from Genesis to Revelation in a relatively small, beautifully illustrated book. Therein lie both its strength and its weakness. As in all such books, there is a problem with oversimplification and a number of relatively minor errors. Although Wilson's introduction well emphasizes the controversial nature of much of the scholarship of biblical history and the tentative nature of the results, in the rest of the book he gives an impression of certainty that will be very misleading to the careless reader. His stated goal is to use thoughtful historical scholarship to produce a "carefully reasoned, middle of the road approach" by a liberal-minded Catholic who favors the general historical veracity of the Bible. However, his approach and conclusions do not support the unqualified claim of the title; he also finds mythology and much unhistorical material in the Bible. All in all, however, Wilson's investigation is quite valuable, and readers mindful of the caveats described above will find much here. Recommended for all public libraries.--Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Modern scholars see the Bible as a mix of myth, mistakes, history and misinterpretation: this examines the latest findings of Biblical archaeologists to provide new perspectives on arguments surrounding the Bible's contents. From the movements of waters and earthquakes to the myths of ancient peoples and relics which prove Biblical scenes, The Bible Is History provides an intriguing examination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895262509
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 10.67 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
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
12 Fateful Chariot 146
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
Glossary 251
Index 252
Acknowledgments 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    Excellent

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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