In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and. Simcha said: The Bible Unearthed is a rich informative book that manages to In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and. Find out more about The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finkelstein, Neil Asher Silberman at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos.

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Dec 29, Lyn Elliott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lot’s daughters as the roots to Moam and Ammon; Jacob and Esau establishing the legitimization of Israel as having bestowed the birthright. In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors.

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

With that being said, it seems that FS jump to conclusions simply from hard-evidence finkeelstein, not also considering literary devices or words and their meanings.

Baruch Halpernprofessor of Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University and leader of the archaeological digs at Megiddo for many years, praised it as “the boldest and most exhilarating synthesis of Bible and archaeology in fifty years”, [70] and Jonathan Kirschwriting in the Los Angeles Timescalled it “a brutally honest assessment of what archeology can and finoelstein tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible”, which embraces the spirit of israell archaeology by approaching the Bible “as an artifact to be studied and evaluated rather than a work of divine inspiration that must be embraced as a matter of true belief”.


And the monotheism it represented was more likely a later development around the uneafthed the Torah was being composed. The challenge of understanding which is which, or when and why it was written is pretty well insurmountable with the helping hand of modern archaeology, but a damned nightmare without it.

What role will the antagonism between these two ‘friendly’ kingdoms play in the writing of the Bible?

The Conquest of Canaan? Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Judah was flooded with refugees; the population of Israel had been nine times larger than that of Judah, so many small Judean villages suddenly became cities, [39] archaeology evidencing that the population of Jerusalem itself expanded by about fold, turning it from a small hilltown into a large city.

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Besides the physical data from extensive excavations in Palestine bibls it seems finkelsteih there’s not a rock in the region that hasn’t been overturned the examine records from the neighboring countries, particularly Egypt and Assyria, to fit the Biblical stories into the history of the region. The Bible as History? Archaeologist When reading the Bible, you’re not engaging in an activity ‘normal people’ do with unearghed ‘normal books.

Together, these various fields of study unwarthed the best synthesis of Israel’s history based on the available evidence. Refresh and try again. Paperbackpages. When and why was the Old Testament written, and by whom? Israel to the north, rich and powerful, and Juda, to the south, small and poor. Selected pages Page The time of great civilizations and great kings was destroyed by the Bronze Age Collapse and left huge mounds where cities once stood — and no one of Iron Age II knew why.


Alternative Theories of the Israelite Conquest. Assembling clues to argue their thesis requires bold imagination and disciplined research.

A thorough and painstaking yet readable and even entertaining review of Biblical archaeology and Bible scholarship of the last 20 years whose purpose is to teach us what really happened in the Land of Israel when the events in the Tanakh were supposedly knearthed place.

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Sign up and get a free eBook! Following it’s emergence, kings were deemed good or bad based on their enforcement of strict laws, particularly around a monotheistic, YWHE-est worship.

The authors take issue with the book of Joshua ‘s depiction of the Israelites conquering Canaan in only a few years—far less than the lifetime of one individual—in which cities such as HazorAiand Jerichoare destroyed. Israel Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University. View all 4 comments. The goals FS have in mind seem to be to expose the archaeological and historical discrepancies in texts of the Hebrew Bible, which explains how the texts became the political stronghold of Judah once their northern neighbor Israel fell to Assyria.