From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible

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by Eric H. Cline
     
 

In this provocative yet persuasive book, now in paperback, Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, to narrate the history of ancient Israel. Combining academic with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery,

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In this provocative yet persuasive book, now in paperback, Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, to narrate the history of ancient Israel. Combining academic with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidence—from established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faith—and proposes an explanation that reconciles Scripture, science, and history.

Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought some trace of Noah’s Ark to meet only with failure. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was no myth but the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that Joshua’s storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of Israel’s sacred trumpets—a fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research.

Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking and entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426202087
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
944,192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Garden of Eden     1
Noah's Ark     17
Sodom and Gomorrah     39
Moses and the Exodus     61
Joshua and the Battle of Jericho     93
The Ark of the Covenant     121
The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel     153
Epilogue     183
Further Reading     189
Acknowledgments     193
Illustration Credits     194
Notes     195
Index     233
Bible Index     238
About the Author     240

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