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Unveiling the Kings of Israel: Revealing the Bible's Archaeological History Hardcover – July 20, 2011


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David Down has been a field archaeologist for over four decades, excavating regularly in Israel, and involved in numerous digs over the years. He is also the editor of Archeological Diggings.com.au (magazine).
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (July 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089051609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890516096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Down has experienced the wonders of archaeological discoveries in Egypt, the Middle East and Israel for over 48 years. David shares his latest discoveries in a monthly archaeology journal called "Diggings," and a bi-monthly magazine called "Archaeological Diggings" produced and distributed in the United States.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marine Corps Nomad VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Unveiling the Kings of Israel is an excellent resource for learning about Biblical and ancient history. Beautiful, glossy full-color pictures allow the reader to travel to archaeological dig sites and museums to gain a better understanding of what the cultures and landscapes would have been like during ancient times. By comparing Biblical accounts of events with ancient manuscripts and monuments as well as archaeological finds, a more clear timeline of ancient times comes into picture. Time and again, the Biblical historical account of ancient history is shown to be accurate. A new timeline is being established which lines up with the teachings in the Bible.

David tackles what appear to be Biblical inaccuracies head on and proves that it's not the Biblical account that it is inaccurate. Instead, it's the old timeslines that are in error. As more archaeological finds come to light, the revised (aka Biblical) timeline appears to be the more accurate timeline. When historical accounts are placed into a Biblical timeline, many events and finds appear to make more sense.

In Unveiling the Kings of Israel, readers will be taken through a journey in time starting with Adam and ending with Christ (the last Adam). The historical, Biblical accounts are measured against the established timelines, archaeological findings, and the revised timeline. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the events being covered. It then gives a scripture passage and gets into the details of the Biblical account as well as the established timeline, what archaeologists have found and believe, and how it all fits into the revised timeline. The chapters are filled with illustrations and beautiful pictures that are sure to grab the attention of readers young and old.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By spporter on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
David Down's new book released by New Leaf publishing is an archeological journey through the holy land in which we get a glimpse of biblical life excavated from the mounds of sand and time. The main premise is that far from being a book of myths, the Bible is an amazing historical record, and each year, more archaeological discoveries continue to prove its validity and significance.

There were a lot of things that I learned from book like how Abraham most likely brought advanced mathematics from Ur to Egypt, which is why he schmoozed with pharaoh, how much water a camel drinks and how hard it would have been for Rebekah to water 10 of them for Isaac's servant, or even how there is huge amount of written history from other cultures like the Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans that correlate with Biblical history (including many of the miracles.)

And as much as I learned, the academic in me was disappointed by a couple of issues that I noticed in the book:

First David Down frequently refers to his altered timeline that goes against the currently accepted one for the Egyptian empire. He says it's about two hundred years different, but there is not much in terms of actual or estimated dates, like 1600 B.C. So unless you are deeply familiar with the Egyptian Empire and the dates of all the pharaohs he references; it's hard to get a sense of when these events are taking place.

Second, the section on the last king of Israel is pretty sparse when it comes to any references to archeological or historical evidence. And there is a lot he could have referred to, but instead he just recounts the story.

I definitely recommend Unveiling the Kings of Israel if you're into this sort of thing.

I received this book free from the publisher in return for my honest opinion. This review was originally posted on Manifest Blog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Courtney VINE VOICE on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful, hardcover book from New Leaf Publishing company presents Biblical history in light of modern archeological finds. It includes relevant maps and and drawings and color photos of actual ruins and Biblical objects and places. Chapters cover Old Testament events and leaders such as the flood, Abraham and his family, Moses, and the kings of Israel. Discrepancies in the Biblical account and archeologists finds are not glossed over but are addressed with intellectual facts and information.

I was very impressed with this book and look forward to using it in our schooling also. The illustrations are beautiful. The information is factual and relevant. There are some footnotes to the chapters. I would have liked to have seen more, so I would have some more detailed references. Several nice appendices include information about the Biblical temple, the Dead Sea scrolls, and chronological charts. Also by this author- David Down- is The Unwrapping of the Pharaohs which I'd love to get now that I've seen this one.

I received a free copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Vernon Crisler on April 23, 2013
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Book Reviews: John Ashton & David Down, Unwrapping the Pharaohs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline, AR: Master Books, 2006. David Down, Unveiling the Kings of Israel: Revealing the Bible's Archaeological History, AR: Master Books, 2011.

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David Down is a tour guide, editor, and "field archaeologist" who claims to have excavated in Israel for a number of years but who does not appear to have an advanced degree in archaeology. John Ashton is a chemist who specializes in food nutrition and research. Since they lack academic degrees in Egyptology or Archaeology, it is not really clear to me why either of these authors felt themselves qualified to write a history of Egypt or of Israel.

Nevertheless, the authors have managed to produce a couple of glossy books about the history of Egypt and Israel, and the pictures alone will be enough for some to justify buying these books. The authors provide fairly standard accounts of the history of Egypt and Israel, but as far as chronology goes, they are content merely to proffer suggestions by chronological revisionist Donovan Courville and Immanuel Velikovsky.

Thankfully, in their book on Egypt the authors provide a table of correlations between Egypt and biblical events based on their revised chronology (205ff). One does not have to wade through a lot of information in order to find out where they place the Exodus or the time of Solomon, for instance. Taken together I think both of these books would provide a fairly good introduction to the history of Egypt and Israel for high school students, and may be of some interest to the general reader who is unfamiliar with the subject.
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