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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A slab from c. What do contemporary archaeologists know about the Patriarchs? Judah and the Making of Biblical History. Views Read Edit View history. However, he does not believe the first 5 books of the Bible The Torah were written by Moses, but were written by a scribe in around the seventh century B.

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Did they really exist? The conclusions may prove provocative to some but, as an atheist, this book is a wonderful introduction to an awesome literary tradition that can frighten away those without faith unless it is properly understood how, where and why these stories first emerged.

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But they were very common in the 7th century. The Bible Unearthed begins by considering what it terms the ‘preamble’ of the Bible—the Book of Genesis —and its relationship to archaeological evidence for the context in which its narratives are set. He presents the hard earned evidence most convincently. Together, these various fields of study construct the best synthesis of Israel’s history based on the available evidence. None of the findings would be all that surprising to readers who approach Add to Cart Add to Cart.


The authors of The Bible Unearthed successfully collate tbe findings and information that has been known for awhile to present clear and concise rethinking of The Old Testament at the time of kings and Biblical archaeology in general. Yes, there’s a lot to relearn but osrael bottom line is that, even if the Patriarchs, the Exodus, and the vast Davidic empire didn’t happen, and the huge city gates at Megiddo, Hazor and Gezer were built by Omri and not by Solomon,we Jews are still here.

They offer instead a new finmelstein truth: Archaeology suggests that Josiah was initially successful, extending his territory northwards towards Bethela cult-centre of the kingdom of Israel; [58] however he then rode out idrael meet the Egyptian Pharaoh— Necho —at Meggido.

The bible is a theological and ideological narrative composed to help Josia and Jerusalem YHWH priesthood to unite the kingdom of Judea and whatever remained of Israel under centralized leadership and religion. Thanks to the archaeological findings of recent decades, we now know a lot more about the historicity of the Bible than we did 50 years ago.

Archaeology says that Judah has evidence of polytheism for centuries prior to Hezekiah; FS argue that Judah implemented this to tighten control and develop a united nation once Israel in the north fell subject to Assyria. It is well written and moves along nicely.

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

And why the Egyptians seem not to have noticed them leave. In FebruaryAmazon. The Bible claims that nearlymen in the army besieging Jerusalem were slaughtered one night by an angelcausing the Assyrian king Sennacherib to relent and return to Assyria; it immediately goes on israep state that Sennacherib was killed by his sons, while he was praying to his god, implying that this was shortly after the battle.


FS have intelligently presented their findings so the finkelsteib can do the rest.

The Bible Unearthed

In the Days of King Josiah. In one section, six passages in 1 Kings are quoted, ranging from five to ten verses each Apr 01, Dirk rated it really liked it. But no archeological finkelstejn points to the Old Testament being a reliable historical document, either.

However, the book might benefit from including additional visual aids, especially with locations of settlements and towns where such sites are found. For example, the fortifications of Lachish were heavily strengthened by Hezekiah, [43] but unearthrd was besieged, fell, and was then burnt to the ground; according to an illustration on the walls of the Assyrian palace unrarthed Ninevahthe Assyrians deported the city’s population and religious objects before they burnt it.

Why was the Bible written? But Finkelstein and Silberman take the scholarship into the 21st century.

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