To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts Paperback – June 11, 2002
History To Repeat & Some To Not
Check out these featured history titles.Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
1) The tales of patriarchs such as Abraham are largely legends composed long after the time in which they supposedly took place. This is seen in anachronisms such as the use of camels, not domesticated in the Near East until nearly 1000 years after Abraham's time, in many of the stories.
2) There is good reason to believe that the Exodus never happened. Had migrants to the number of even a small fraction of the 600,000 claimed in the Bible truly sojourned in the Sinai Peninsula for 40 years, archaeological evidence of their passage would be abundant. In fact, there are no traces of any signifant group living in the Sinai at the supposed time of the Exodus.
3) The Israelite "conquest" of Canaan, such as there was, was far from the military invasion of the books of Joshua and Judges. Many of the cities described as being conquered and destroyed did not even exist at the time, while those that did were small, unfortified villages, with no walls to be brought down, by blowing trumpets or otherwise.
4) While there is evidence that a historical David existed, and founded some sort of ruling dynasty known by his name, there is good reason to believe that he did not rule over the powerful united monarchy described in II Samuel. One reason for doubt: Jerusalem, portrayed as the great capital of a prosperous nation, was during the time of David little more than a village.Read more ›
I read this book after I read Richard E. Friedman's book Who Wrote the Bible? That was a good way to do it. Friedman's gentle voice (he seems to still value the Bible as a spiritual guide of some sort and states he still holds a Christian perspective) tenderly lowered me into the cauldron while Finkelstein and Silberman's more stark and detailed punches knocked me around a bit.
I will say that this book took some discipline for me to get through. It was definitely worth the effort, but it is not quite as easy a read as Friedman's.
I do grieve and mourn that the Bible will never be the same for me again. On the other hand, I am beginning to be hopeful that one can embrace all these new perspectives of the Bible and still find spiritual food (Walter Brueggemann is a Christian author that seems to have embraced many of these new findings and yet seems to be unperturbed by them. In fact he seems to be finding a way to incorporate them into his spiritual journey.)
I must also admit that I am excited about what this new paradigm can do in liberating many of us from Biblioidolatry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written if you want a synopsis of the first part of the Old Testament. But, unfortunately, Israel Finkelstein does not believe in the Bible and no matter what evidence there... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Elaine Miller
The most comprehensive book I've ever read about the history of scriptures. I'm so thankful for the scientists who have worked so hard to provided us with this information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Presents a credible of biblical history and its origins around the time of the axial age when advanced agrarian societies where being created.Published 2 months ago by Alex Brown, Jr
Very interesting book linking the Bible and the archaelogical evidence or the lack of it to the biblical books. Very interesting after having read the Bible.Published 3 months ago by Locatelli mauro
Fascinating information about archaeological discoveries that both confirm and counter traditional understandings of Biblical text.Published 4 months ago by daleelaine
I enjoyed Mr. Finkelstein's "The Bible Unearthed." The only reservation I have is that he seems to offer more of a primer on the biblical story rather than focusing on the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave LaP