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    DescriptionFor the first time, the true history of ancient Israel as revealed through recent archaeological discoveries-and a controversial new take on when, why and how the Bible was written. In the past three decades, archaeologists have made great strides in recovering the lost world of the Old Testament. Dozens of digs in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon have changed experts' understanding of ancient Israel and its neighbours- as well as their vision of the Bible's greatest tales. Yet until now, the public has remained almost entirely unaware of these discoveries which help separate legend from historical truth. Here, at last, two of archaeology's leading scholars shed new light on how the Bible came into existence. They assert, for example, that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never existed, that David and Solomon were not great kings but obscure chieftains and that the Exodus never happened. They offer instead a new historical truth: the Bible was created by the people of the small, southern nation of Judah in a heroic last-ditch attempt to keep their faith alive after the demise of the larger, wealthier nation of Israel to the north. It is in this truth, not in the myths of the past, that the real value of the Bible is evident.


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    Title
    The Bible Unearthed
    Subtitle
    Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Israel Finkelstein, By (author) Neil Asher Silberman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684869131
    ISBN 10: 0684869136
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Abridged Dewey: 230
    LC classification: BT
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000, REL072000
    BIC subject category V2: HDDH
    Ingram Theme: THEO/SECULR
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBARC
    B&T Approval Code: A13502500
    DC21: 220.93
    B&T Approval Code: A17603000
    DC22: 221.95
    BISAC V2.8: REL067000, HIS019000
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAL
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    16 b&w photograohs, maps, line drawings
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    TOUCHSTONE
    Publication date
    11 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    ISRAEL FINKELSTEIN is the chairman of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He is currently director of the university's excavations in Tel Megiddo, the ancient Armageddon and Israel's most important biblical-archaeological site. NEIL ASHER SILBERMAN is a former Guggenheim Fellow, a contributing editor to ARCHAELOGY magazine, and was the coordinator of the Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Conference in 1998.
    Review quote
    Jonathan Kirsch "Los Angeles Times" A brutally honest assessment of what archaeology can and cannot tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible...presented with both authority and panache.