Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations

Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations

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By (author) Alfred J. Hoerth, By (author) John McRay

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  • Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 26mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Ada, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0801012872
  • ISBN 13: 9780801012877
  • Sales rank: 1,330,206

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Although it's most often associated with the excavation of historical sites, archaeology is more so a quest to recover a better understanding of early civilizations-their language, history, and culture. This comprehensive and accessible guide offers full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams to introduce readers to biblical archaeology. By sharing knowledge and insight into the historical contexts and cultural settings of the biblical narratives, the authors give readers glasses through which they can truly experience the life and work of such godly men as Abraham and Moses, as well as Jesus and his disciples. As a result, readers can achieve a more accurate interpretation of the biblical text and gain a greater understanding of their faith.

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How would your faith change if you knew about the history and culture in which the Bible was written? For years archaeologists have been excavating historical sites to recover a better understanding of early civilizations. Their discoveries have given us insight on how, where, and why our essential religious beliefs came to be. Now Alfred Hoerth and John McRay offer you the opportunity to experience these early cultures for yourself. An informative and engaging introduction to biblical archaeology, this accessible book explores the histories, cultures, and social forces of the earliest civilizations. Full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams walk you through archaeological digs, including those in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine. The knowledge gained through these excavations will give you insight into the historical context and cultural setting of the biblical narratives. The result is a compelling look at the biblical text that allows you to see and truly experience the life and work of such godly men as Abraham and Moses, as well as Jesus and his disciples. Alfred Hoerth is the former director of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he taught for almost thirty years. He is the author of Archaeology and the Old Testament, coeditor of Peoples of the Old Testament, and has participated in numerous archaeological excavations. John McRay (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School and the author of Archaeology and the New Testament and Paul: His Life and Teaching.