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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: New English Review Press; First edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985439408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985439408
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hanson compellingly executes his premise of paralleling biblical history with current events. Few scholars have the background, wisdom and knowledge of Dr. Hanson to make such a case"

 --Brigitte Gabriel, author of They Must Be Stopped and Because They Hate

--New English Review

About the Author

Kenneth L. Hanson is an Associate professor in the University of Central Florida Judaic Studies Program. As a young student of the ancient Near East, he lived in Israel, on Jerusalem s Mt. Zion, and studied Hebrew in a program for immigrants to the modern Jewish state. He then earned a master's degree in international/inter-cultural communication, and subsequently worked for a television news gathering operation in southern Lebanon. Living in the politically volatile region of northern Galilee (subject to regular rocket attacks), he daily commuted over a hostile border where, in addition to his broadcasting duties, he served as the company liaison with the Israeli Army. He went on to earn a doctorate in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. His multiple books and his appearances on syndicated radio and national television (The History Channel), have brought ancient insight into everyone's world.

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A scholar of Hebrew language and literature, the history of biblical lands, and Jewish and early Christian culture, Ken Hanson, Ph.D., teaches Judaic Studies at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Passionate about his research of the ancient world, Dr. Hanson first found his calling while he was a young undergraduate student. Acquiescing to his intellectual curiosity about western culture, he decided to travel back to "the root of it all," the Cradle of Civilization, the ancient Near East.

Having never before been out of the continental United States, he boarded a plane for the Middle East and found himself living and studying on Jerusalem's Mt. Zion. Becoming fluent in Hebrew, he then earned a Master's Degree in international/inter-cultural communication and television, and subsequently worked for a television news gathering operation in southern Lebanon. He lived in a politically volatile region of northern Galilee (an area subject to rocket attacks), and daily commuted over a hostile border where, in addition to his broadcasting duties, he served as company liaison with the Israeli Defense Force.

Having encountered terrorism face-to-face in his work as a broadcaster, Ken gained valuable insight into today's Middle East conflict. Turning his talents to other endeavors, he went on to teach Hebrew to international groups of volunteer workers at Kibbutz Ga'aton in western Galilee.

What began for Ken as a few months of language study also led to a trip to Jerusalem's Israel Museum, to a special annex built to house the Dead Sea Scrolls. Realizing that his study of Hebrew enabled him to read the ancient texts, he was amazed to realize how little the Hebrew language has changed in two millennia. Having acquired the key to unlocking the Dead Sea Scrolls, he resolved to pursue his doctoral studies in that field.

A natural storyteller, Dr. Hanson has, through his books, media appearances, and many articles, made a rich treasure of ancient texts accessible to everyone. Believing that such documents comprise a metaphysical library that we can use to better understand one another, Dr. Hanson carries his ecumenical message beyond the scholarly boundaries in which they were once held captive. His appearances on syndicated radio and national television (The History Channel), have brought ancient insight into everyone's world.

In 1997 Dr. Hanson was honored with a fully-funded scholarship by the Holocaust Memorial Center of Maitland, Florida to study at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. A recipient of wide accolade from the print media and in great demand as a popular lecturer, Ken is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows in various parts of the country.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Norman Berdichevsky on August 8, 2012
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Dr. Hanson has produced a highly readable and striking analogy of the conflcit between centralized authority and states' rights familiar to those Americans who are also knowledgable about the Bible but may be troubled by the many apparent contradictions of verses supporting the divine rights of such kings as Saul, David, Solomon,Ahab or even a Moses acting under divine guidance and the contending passages extolling the virtues of judges, the Levites and high Priests , prophets and the later Sanhedrin. These latter individuals are regarded as libertarians in favor of limited rule to protect tribal and individual rights like Joshua, Samuel, Jeroboam, Gideon, Elijah, Amos, Isaiah,and Jeremiah who berate the kings and represent what is termed the "Brutus" syndrome and include even women like Deborah and Yael who are ready to use violence against tyranny.

Readers with a love of American history and the Bible will be enriched by this highly novel approach that also weaves into the Biblical narrative many of the issues that divided North and South on the eve of the civil War and affect our nation today in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.It will be even more invaluable for those who tend to reject any relevance of the Bible for analyzing our current political and economic situation.

Does the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) have anything to say about private initiative, welfare policy or eminent domaine? Hanson has much to say about these and other current matters up before the electorate.
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