The Lands of the Bible

The Lands of the Bible

by Philip Wilkinson, Robert R. Ingpen
     
 
Mysterious Places - The Lands of the Bible investigates ten important sites which were re-discovered because archaeologists went looking for cities and civilizations described in the Bible. It covers a time span of over 4000 years, ranging from 4000 BC to AD 390.

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Mysterious Places - The Lands of the Bible investigates ten important sites which were re-discovered because archaeologists went looking for cities and civilizations described in the Bible. It covers a time span of over 4000 years, ranging from 4000 BC to AD 390.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Two downsized versions of Ingpen and Wilkinson's Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places (Viking, 1990). While the original resource presented the ``life and legends of ancient sites,'' these books rely on a more sensational approach to entice readers; the ancient city of Ur, originally described as holding ``lavish royal burials,'' is now identified as the site of ``strange and sinister'' burial rites. Rewriting also changes the ``determination of presumptuous people'' (of Babylon) to ``people getting big ideas.'' Occasional inconsistencies also appear: The Magical East's chapter on Easter Island first quotes calculations indicating that it would take ``ninety men five months to move [a statue] into position,'' yet, an illustration caption on the same page explains that statues ``were probably raised using ramps and levers...a modern experiment showed that a team of twelve men could raise a statue in this way in eighteen days.'' Illustrations, as in the original, are generally well done, but some, especially that of Imhotep in Bible, appear vaguely distorted. While the maps and timelines are helpful in placing events and locations in perspective, the books as a whole won't satisfy readers; most chapters not only fail to fascinate but also fall short as world-history lessons. Overall, the main value is in browsing. Readers with an interest in historical ruins and excavations would be better served with Mike Corbishley's Secret Cities (Dutton, 1989; o.p.), which surveys sites from ancient through modern times with well-written explanations throughout.-Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791027523
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Mysterious Places Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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