David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of Western Civilization

David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of Western Civilization

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By (author) Israel Finkelstein, By (author) Neil Asher Silberman

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 17 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0743243633
  • ISBN 13: 9780743243636
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 136,159

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The exciting field of biblical archaeology has revolutionized our understanding of the Bible - and no one has done more to popularise this vast store of knowledge than Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman, who revealed what we now know about when and why the Bible was first written in THE BIBLE UNEARTHED. Now, with DAVID AND SOLOMON, they do nothing less than help us to understand the sacred kings and founding fathers of western civilization. David and his son Solomon are famous in the Bible for their warrior prowess, legendary loves, wisdom, poetry, conquests, and ambitious building programmes. Yet thanks to archaeology's astonishing finds, we now know that most of these stories are myths. Finkelstein and Silberman show us that the historical David was a bandit leader in a tiny back-water called Jerusalem, and how - through wars, conquests and epic tragedies like the exile of the Jews in the centuries before Christ and the later Roman conquest - David and his successor were reshaped into mighty kings and even messiahs, symbols of hope to Jews and Christians alike in times of strife and despair and models for the great kings of Europe.A landmark work of research and lucid scholarship by two brilliant luminaries, DAVID AND SOLOMON recasts the very genesis of western history in a whole new light.

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Israel Finkelstein is one of the world's foremost biblical archaeologists, the Chairman of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and the Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology. Neil Asher Silberman, a contributing editor to Archaeology magazine, is Director of Interpretation for the Ename Centre of Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation in Belgium.

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"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." -- Jonathan Kirsch, "Los Angeles Times"