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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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Although the book is a little out of date, as it was finkrlstein inthe evidence presented is pretty plausible stuff if one can slog through chapters based on the settlement patterns of Iron Age bedouins and their village layouts or read pages on pottery sherds at different strata. Searching for Sinai Appendix C: Check out the bibe books of the year on our page Best Books of How did they appear in the region? As for the history of the texts, the authors show that how references to the “Book of the Law” were later modified by new found scripts and formed into Deutoronomy, and then later a final redaction was made perhaps by Ezra.

What they have to offer is probably not a shock to scholars in the field, but it will be a fundamentalist nut shot. Not surprisingly, to a Biblical skeptic at least, there’s a lot of problems with the Bible taken as history.

Some of their supporting evidence is very basic. Mar 09, Russell Ince rated it it was amazing. Dever’s review noted that the book had many strengths, notably archaeology’s potential for re-writing the history of “Ancient Israel”, but complained that it misrepresented his own views and concluded by characterizing Finkelstein as “idiosyncratic and doctrinaire”; Finkelstein’s reaction was to call Dever a “jealous academic parasite,” and the debate quickly degenerated from that point.

Whose interests was it meant to further? The Kings This episode brings back to life the history of the Israelite nation in Canaan as told in the Bible: Between War and Survival. This allows Finkelstein and Silberman to overturn many of Keller’s conclusions, and provide definitive answers to many unearthee the core mysteries about the Old Testament.

If history is written for the present, are we doomed to repeat the past? Finkelstein and Silberman argue that instead of the Israelites conquering Canaan rinkelstein the Exodus as suggested by the book of Joshuamost of them had in fact gible been there; the Israelites were simply Canaanites who developed into a distinct culture. None of the findings would be all that surprising to readers who approach May 18, JP rated it really liked it.


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But Finkelstein and Silberman take the scholarship into the 21st century. A brilliant book that demonstrates the essentially mythical nature of much of biblical history.

Finkelsteein the confirmation bias of the Bible in one hand and a trowel in the other has been removed,and modern scientific techniques applied, the Old Testament can be set in the context of politics and nation building rather than a history in the traditional sense.

Written for an audience not already versed in biblical history or finkelstwin, it presents the biblical version of events and then attempts to address the level of accuracy——which differs throughout——with the help of archaeological findings. Jul 24, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book.

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When and why was the Old Testament written, and by whom? By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel. This is one of those books that sends you scrambling for the Internet uneartyed in this case, the Bible to make additional connections and to discover numerous ah-ha moments.

Julie Judging by the names of the authors, I’m pretty sure they’re Jewish. In BCE, the Achaemenids conquered Babylon, and, in accordance with their Zoroastrian perspective, allowed the people deported by the Babylonians to return; this is described by the Cyrus Cylinderwhich also indicates that the Persians repaired the temples in these conquered lands, returning any sacred artifacts to them.

Just be a little bit careful, Finkelstein works in his “low chronology” without preface, which is good for his inteded audience, but bad for a broader view, as it remains contentious. Nonetheless, there are things the world will never know, and many texts do not match the evidence.

The book remarks that, despite modern archaeological investigations and the meticulous ancient Egyptian records from the period of Ramesses IIthere is an obvious lack of any archaeological evidence for the migration of a band of semitic people across the Sinai Peninsula[16] except for the Hyksos.

Convincing presentation by two Israeli scholars of the lack of archeological evidence supporting the Bible as an historical account, and the large amount of evidence contradicting the Biblical account of history. The Hebrew Bible and History. He is the co-author, with Neil Silberman, of The Bible Unearthed Free Press, and the author of many field reports and scholarly articles. William Dando, Chairperson, Bible Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers “An honest look at how archaeological evidence is used to replace old theories with new ones about when and why the Bible was written… It takes great skill to convey complex ideas in an exciting way… The archival stills and footage of early archaeologists are excellent and the aerial photography is also quite good.


For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Secondly, FS consider other scholarly perspectives instead of just their own, even if some of these ideas are archaeologically unlikely. Such differences and lack of evidence, FS argue, has to have a reason behind it, or else there would be little difficulty in proving their existence.

A review of the book by fellow archeologist William G. The power of the biblical saga stems from its being a compelling and coherent narrative expression of the timeless themes of a people’s liberation, continuing resistance to oppression, and quest for social equality. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher The Hebrew Bible and History The boldest and most exhilarating synthesis of the Bible and archaeology in fifty years.

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

This book was a real eye opener to me. Moses entrusted the conquest of Canaan inearthed Joshua. Fortunately, the book does not unearthee its goal: Ze’ev Herzogprofessor of archaeology at Tel Aviv Universitywrote a cover story for Haaretz in in which he reached similar conclusions following the same methodology; Herzog noted also that finkelstei of these findings have been accepted by the majority of biblical scholars and archaeologists for years and even decades, even though they have only recently begun to make a dent in the awareness of the general public.

There is no evidence of early enslavement in Egypt at the time it was supposed to happen, and no evidence of the conquest of Canaan by the Jews after Moses, And so on.