This authoritative and even-handed book explores the claims and counterclaims of contemporary biblical studies.
This authoritative and even-handed book explores the claims and counterclaims of contemporary biblical studies. After investigating cutting-edge research and conflicting reports of biblical scholarship, Jeffrey L. Sheler challenges the popular perception that the credibility of the Bible has been undermined by critical scholarship. Rather, he concludes that the weight of the historical evidence upholds the essential truth of the Exodus, the Gospel accounts of Jesus, and other vital elements of the Bible. The author draws extensively from his own interviews with leading Bible experts and on-site reports from Israel and Egypt in his examination of scholarship's hot-button issues, including: -Archaeological discoveries that affirm and challenge the history of the Bible -The controversial quest for the historical Jesus -The revelations of the Dead Sea Scrolls -The phenomenon of The Bible Code. Sheler's journalistic experience enables him to get to the heart of the issues without the jargon. Written in clear, compelling prose, the book presents a sophisticated analysis in lucid, accessible terms.
Author Biography: Jeffery L. Sheler is an award-winning journalist and has been a religion writer at U.S. News & World Report for some years. He is a correspondent for PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and lives in Washington, D.C.