The Cities That Built the Bible

The Cities That Built the Bible

by Robert Cargill

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Overview

For many, the names Bethlehem, Babylon, and Jerusalem are known as the setting for epic stories from the Bible featuring rustic mangers, soaring towers, and wooden crosses. What often gets missed is that these cities are far more than just the setting for the Bible and its characters—they were instrumental to the creation of the Bible as we know it today.

Robert Cargill, Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, is an archeologist, Bible scholar, and host of numerous television documentaries, such as the History Channel series Bible Secrets Revealed. Taking us behind-the-scenes of the Bible, Cargill blends archaeology, biblical history, and personal journey as he explores these cities and their role in the creation of the Bible. He reveals surprising facts such as what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus and how Mary’s Virgin Birth caused problems for the early church. We’ll also see how the God of the Old Testament was influenced by other deities, that there were numerous non-biblical books written about Moses, Jacob, and Jesus in antiquity, and how far more books were left out of the Bible than were let in during the messy, political canonization process.

The Cities That Built the Bible is a magnificent tour through fourteen cities: the Phoenicia cities of Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos, Ugarit, Nineveh, Babylon, Megiddo, Athens, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Qumran, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Rome. Along the way, Cargill includes photos of artifacts, dig sites, ruins, and relics, taking readers on a far-reaching journey from the Grotto of the Nativity to the battlegrounds of Megiddo, from the towering Acropolis of Athens to the caves in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

An exciting adventure through time, The Cities That Built the Bible is a fresh, fascinating exploration that sheds new light on the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062366764
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,149,152
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert R. Cargill is an assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa and the author of Qumran through (Real) Time. He has appeared in more than a dozen television documentaries, including Finding Jesus on CNN and Bible Secrets Revealed on History, and was the host of National Geographic’s Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls. He lives in Iowa City.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Phoenician Cities 13

Chapter 2 Ugarit 31

Chapter 3 Nineveh 53

Chapter 4 Babylon 73

Chapter 5 Megiddo 99

Chapter 6 Athens 111

Chapter 7 Alexandria 135

Chapter 8 Jerusalem 165

Chapter 9 Qumran 195

Chapter 10 Bethlehem and Nazareth 213

Chapter 11 Rome 235

Conclusion 263

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 301

Bibliography 303

Scripture Index 319

Subject Index 323

Credits 337

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