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

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. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors.

Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.

. Used book in Good Condition. They argue that crucial evidence or a telling lack of evidence at digs in israel, joshua’s conquest of Canaan, Jordan, and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible—the wanderings of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, Egypt, and David and Solomon’s vast empire—reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts.


A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Second Edition

Fortress Press. A marvel of conciseness, John J. The second edition has been carefully revised to take the latest scholarly developments into account. Collins' a short introduction to the Hebrew Bible is quickly becoming one of the most popular introductory textbooks in colleges and universy classrooms. A dedicated website includes test banks and classroom resources for the busy instructor.

Here the erudition of collins' renowned introduction to the Hebrew Bible is combined with even more student-friendly features, photographs, including charts, chapter summaries, maps, illuminating vignettes, and bibliographies for further reading.

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford university Press USA. He then surveys some of the most well-known biblical archaeologists, including the dead sea Scrolls, and some of the most important discoveries that have been made, Lachish, Gezer, including Kathleen Kenyon and Yigael Yadin, such as Hazor, the sites that are essential sources of knowledge for biblical archaeology, Megiddo, Masada, and Jerusalem, the Mesha Inscription, and the Tel Dan Stele.

Biblical archaeology offers a passport into this fascinating realm, where ancient religion and modern science meet, and where tomorrow's discovery may answer a riddle that has lasted a thousand years. Public interest in biblical archaeology is at an all-time high, the Ark of the Covenant, as television documentaries pull in millions of viewers to watch shows on the Exodus, and the so-called Lost Tomb of Jesus.

Archaeologist Eric H. Important discoveries with relevance to the bible are made virtually every year--during 2007 and 2008 alone researchers announced at least seven major discoveries in Israel, five of them in or near Jerusalem. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

. Subsequent chapters examine additional archaeological finds that shed further light on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the issue of potential frauds and forgeries, including the James Ossuary and the Jehoash Tablet, and future prospects of the field. Biblical archaeology: a very short introduction captures the sense of excitement and importance that surrounds not only the past history of the field but also the present and the future, with fascinating new discoveries made each and every season.

About the series: combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics.

Who Wrote the Bible?

Oxford university Press USA. The author of commentary on the torah, Friedman delves deeply into the history of the Bible in a scholarly work that is as exciting and surprising as a good detective novel. Friedman is a fascinating, intellectual, yet highly readable analysis and investigation into the authorship of the Old Testament.

Who wrote the bible? is enlightening, an important contribution to religious literature, riveting, and as the Los Angeles Times aptly observed in its rave review, “There is no other book like this one. Fortress Press. The contemporary classic the new york times Book Review called “a thought-provoking and perceptive guide, ” Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard E.


The Bible with Sources Revealed

Different colors and type styles allow readers to easily identify each of the distinct sources, showcasing Friedman's highly acclaimed and dynamic translation. HarperOne. One of the world's foremost bible experts offers a groundbreaking presentation of the five Books of MosesIn The Bible with Sources Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman offers a new, Leviticus, Exodus, visual presentation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking the complex and fascinating tapestry of their origins.

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The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel Archaeology & Biblical Studies

HarperOne. Although finkelstein and mazar advocate distinct views of early Israels history, the biblical traditions, they nevertheless share the position that the material cultural data, and the ancient Near Eastern written sources are all significantly relevant to the historical quest for Iron Age Israel.

Three decades of dialogue, ancient israelite history, discussion, and debate within the interrelated disciplines of Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and Hebrew Bible over the question of the relevance of the biblical account for reconstructing early Israels history have created the need for a balanced articulation of the issues and their prospective resolutions.

The historical essays presented here are based on invited lectures delivered in October of 2005 at the Sixth Biennial Colloquium of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Detroit, Michigan. The results of their research are featured in accessible, parallel syntheses of the historical reconstruction of early Israel that facilitate comparison and contrast of their respective interpretations.

Fortress Press. This book brings together for the first time and under one cover, a currently emerging centrist paradigm as articulated by two leading figures in the fields of early Israelite archaeology and history. Society of Biblical Literature. Oxford university Press USA.

The Oxford History of the Biblical World

HarperOne. Using new approaches, contemporary scholars have begun to synthesize this material with the biblical traditions. Broad, authoritative, and engaging, The Oxford History of the Biblical World will illuminate for any reader the ancient world from which the Bible emerged. Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible.

Fortress Press. Society of Biblical Literature. Oxford university Press USA. The authors also examine such issues as the roles of women, royal and kinship social structures, the tensions between urban and rural settings, and official and popular religions of the region. The oxford history of the biblical world incorporates the best of this scholarship, and in chronologically ordered chapters presents the reader with a readable and integrated study of the history, languages, art, architecture, literatures, and religion of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts.

For more than a century, texts, archaeologists have been unearthing the tombs, temples, and artifacts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world. In this impressive volume, leading scholars offer compelling glimpses into the biblical world, sages, the world in which prophets, poets, and historians created one of our most important texts--the Bible.


The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel The Biblical Resource Series

Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological sources, rather, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, was the result of the progressive establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity. Smith explains how israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god.

. Society of Biblical Literature. This thoroughly revised second edition ofThe Early History of God includes a substantial new preface by the author and a foreword by Patrick D. Miller in this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Miller. Repudiating the traditional view that israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, at least in part, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, from the religion of Canaan.

HarperOne. Foreword by Patrick D. Fortress Press. Oxford university Press USA.

The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation

In-text tables, maps, and charts. Full color new Oxford Bible Maps, with index. Nearly forty scholars worldwide contributed to the translation and interpretation of the Jewish Study Bible, representing the best of Jewish biblical scholarship available today. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life.

The jewish study bible uses The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation. Since its publication, the Jewish Study Bible has become one of the most popular volumes in Oxford's celebrated line of bibles. Informative essays that address a wide variety of topics relating to Judaism's use and interpretation of the Bible through the ages.

The jewish study bible is a one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. A committee of highly-respected biblical scholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism movements produced this modern translation. No knowledge of Hebrew is required for one to make use of this unique volume.

Oxford university Press USA. Tables of weights and measures. Glossary of technical terms.

Archaeology of the Bible: The Greatest Discoveries From Genesis to the Roman Era

Society of Biblical Literature. From ancient holy sites, to buried relics and treasures, National Geographic uncovers the history and the archaeological discoveries from Scripture and the biblical world. Timelines bridge hundreds of years and several empires, maps give readers a visual sense of location, while hundreds of photos and illustrations of rare artifacts and ancient places add to the visual splendor.

Lt concludes with details of what remains to be found and the evolving dynamic of biblical faith in an increasingly scientific world in which archaeologists make daily breakthroughs. Oxford university Press USA. Chapters, beginning with the dawn of human civilization and ending with present day and the future of archaeology, Babylon, chronicle hundreds of sites and artifacts found in Sumer, the Second Temple, along the route of the Exodus, and in many other regions across the Middle East.

HarperOne. Richly illustrated and written from an objective and nondenominational perspective, author Jean-Pierre Isbouts uses the latest scientific and archaeological discoveries to place biblical stories in the framework of human history. Fortress Press. National Geographic Society.

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?

National Geographic Society. HarperOne. Attempting to break through this impasse, Dever draws on thirty years of archaeological fieldwork in the Near East, amassing a wide range of hard evidence for his own compelling view of the development of Israelite history. In who were the early israelites and where did they come From? William Dever explores the continuing controversies regarding the true nature of ancient Israel and presents the archaeological evidence for assessing the accuracy of the well-known Bible stories.

Written in an engaging, accessible style and featuring fifty photographs that help bring the archaeological record to life, this book provides an authoritative statement on the origins of ancient Israel and promises to reinvigorate discussion about the historicity of the biblical tradition. In his search for the actual circumstances of israel's emergence in canaan, Numbers, Judges, Dever reevaluates the Exodus-Conquest traditions in the books of Exodus, Joshua, and 1 & 2 Samuel in the light of well-documented archaeological evidence from the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age.

Among this important evidence are some 300 small agricultural villages recently discovered in the heartland of what would later become the biblical nation of Israel. Oxford university Press USA. For centuries the western tradition has traced its beginnings back to ancient Israel, but recently some historians and archaeologists have questioned the reality of Israel as it is described in biblical literature.

This book addresses one of the most timely and urgent topics in archaeology and biblical studies -- the origins of early Israel.