Digging Through the Bible: Modern Archaeology and the Ancient Bible

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Many of our religious beliefs are based on faith alone, but archaeology gives the opportunity to find evidence about what really happened in the distant past-evidence that can have a dramatic impact on what and how we believe. Join celebrated archaeologist and rabbi Richard Freund as he takes readers through digs he has led in the Holy Land, searching for evidence about key biblical characters and events from the Exodus of the Israelites, to King David, to Mary the mother of ...

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Overview

Many of our religious beliefs are based on faith alone, but archaeology gives the opportunity to find evidence about what really happened in the distant past-evidence that can have a dramatic impact on what and how we believe. Join celebrated archaeologist and rabbi Richard Freund as he takes readers through digs he has led in the Holy Land, searching for evidence about key biblical characters and events from the Exodus of the Israelites, to King David, to Mary the mother of Jesus.

An engaging introduction to the practice of biblical archaeology, Digging through the Bible shares information about the Holy Land that can provide a powerful connection between past history and present faith.

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Editorial Reviews

New Testament Abstracts
After providing a 46-page 'crash course' in biblical archaeology, Freund, professor of Jewish history at the University of Hartford and author of Secrets of the Cave of Letters: A Dead Sea Mystery (2004), uses archaeological finding to draw conclusions about key biblical characters and events.
Rabbi Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
Richard Freund's Digging Through the Bible is a personal account of excavating the most important sites of the Bible, and it is spellbinding. A provocative and fascinating account of the major controversies of the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity.
James K. Hoffmeier
Richard Freund has produced a very readable and stimulating book that addresses a number of vexing biblical issues. Thanks to his direct involvement in excavations in Israel, he is able to offer new firsthand data to bolster the case he makes.
Adolfo Roitman
Digging through the Bible does something that no other book on archaeology and the Bible does. It brings the reader in a pedagogical as well as in a very updated and well-learned way from the Hebrew Bible through the New Testament, touching on most of the major contemporary controversies about Jerusalem, the Exodus, Jesus, and Qumran.
Elizabeth McNamer
Richard Freund’s extensive knowledge of the literary and archaeological sources, as well as his insights and ability to make connections, make this a must-read for any student of the Bible. His work at numerous excavations in Israel and his experience as a professor and Rabbi make him uniquely qualified to write this lively book, which is comprehensible to both lay reader and scholar alike.
Michael Berkowitz
A fascinating, riveting excavation through layers of history (and quite literally, earth and humankind) that will be of tremendous interest to both scholars and a general readers. Richard Freund is remarkable at casting a fresh eye on texts and artifacts that seem to be well known, but deserve more careful scrutiny.
July/August 2009 The Bible Today
For those who enjoy the study of biblical archaeology but don't claim to be experts, this will be a rewarding read. Freund is an informed and interesting narrator.
November 2009 Jewish Book World
In fairly simple terms, [Freund] explains the different sides of each question and presents the available evidence. He describes the methodologies of biblical literary criticism and of biblical archaeology. . . . It is a good introduction to the problems of 'believing' the Bible in a post-modern, scientificized world.
October 2009 CHOICE
Freund offers an erdutite, clearly written study of the biblical Old and New Testaments, as well as inscriptional and literary evidence that relates to them. . . . Recommended.
October 2009 Choice
Freund offers an erdutite, clearly written study of the biblical Old and New Testaments, as well as inscriptional and literary evidence that relates to them. . . . Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546455
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,046,620
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology of Events
Introduction
Chapter 1 The Search for Sinai: Archaeological Reflections on Moses, the Exodus, and the Revelation at Mount Sinai
Chapter 2 Searching for Kings David and Solomon and the Ancient City of Jerusalem
Chapter 3 Searching for Jesus in Galilee and Babylonia
Chapter 4 Searching Her-Stories: Women in Ancient Israel
Chapter 5 Searching for Synagogues: A Lost Synagogue Ritual Recovered by Archaeology
Chapter 6 Searching for the Mysterious Teacher of Righteousness at Qumran and in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Chapter 7 Seeking Mary: The Mother of Jesus and the Well and Bathhouse of Nazareth
Chapter 8 The Search for Bar Kokhba: One Biblical Character Who Was Found
Appendix: Exploring an Archeological Site
Acknowledgements
Bibliography

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