The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible: Discoveries That Confirm the Reliability of Scripture

The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible: Discoveries That Confirm the Reliability of Scripture


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ISBN-13: 9780736944854
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 647,798
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Norman Geisler is author or coauthor of more than 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly 50 years and has spoken or debated in all 50 states and in 25 countries. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University and is the chancellor and distinguished professor of theology and apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in southern California (

Joseph M. Holden (PhD, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales) is the President of Veritas International University in southern California ( He is the general editor of the forthcoming The Harvest Handbook of Apologetics (Harvest House Publishers, 2018), co-editor of the forthcoming The Harvest Handbook of Bible Lands (Harvest House Publishers, 2019), co-editor of The Harvest Handbook of Science and Faith (Harvest House, 2021), associate editor of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (Broadman &Holman, 2010, 2017), co-author of Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences (Zondervan, 2006), co-author of Living Loud: Defending Your Faith (Broadman & Holman, 2002), and producer of the documentary Archaeology and the Bible: The Top 10 Amazing Discoveries.

Table of Contents

List of Key Charts and Tables 11

Foreword Dr. Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 13

Preface: Facts That Support Faith 15

Part 1 The Reliability of Old Testament Manuscripts

Introduction 19

1 The Masoretes and the Samaritans 21

2 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Silver Scrolls 33

3 The Transmission of the Old Testament-Summary 49

Part 2 The Reliability of Old Testament History

Introduction 55

4 Moses, the Pentateuch, and the Major Prophets 57

5 Alleged Errors vs. Archaeological Discoveries 77

6 The Canon of the Old Testament 87

Part 3 The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts

Introduction 97

7 The Transmission of the New Testament 99

8 The Manuscripts of the New Testament 111

9 The Accuracy of the New Testament Manuscripts 127

Part 4 The Reliability of New Testament History

Introduction 131

10 Historicity of the New Testament 133

11 Responding to Recent Criticisms of the Gospels 143

12 Criticisms of the Resurrection Accounts and the Epistles 159

13 The Canon of the New Testament 171

Part 5 Introduction to Archaeology

Introduction 177

14 Archaeology and the Bible 181

15 Keys to Understanding Archaeology in Biblical Lands 189

Part 6 Archaeology of the Old Testament

Introduction 199

16 Creation and Flood, the Tower of Babel, and the Cities of the Plain 203

17 Exodus and Conquest 221

18 The Amarna Letters, the Hittites, and the City of Megiddo 239

19 King David and His Dynasty 249

20 Nebuchadnezzar II and the Persian Kings 269

21 Old Testament Persons Confirmed by Archaeology 283

Part 7 Archaeology of the New Testament

Introduction 291

22 Jesus and Other New Testament Persons in Non-Christian Sources 295

23 Jesus and Archaeological Sources 307

24 The Temple Mount 323

25 Herod, Pilate, and Caiaphas 343

26 More Fascinating Finds Relating to the New Testament 351

Glossary of Key Terms 369

Appendix A New Testament Manuscript Papyri A Descriptive List 373

Appendix B Ascertaining the Geography of the Cities of the Plain: 40 Points 383

Appendix C Expert Witness Opinions Regarding the Authenticity of the James Ossuary 389

Notes 395

Select Bibliography 409

Index 413

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