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Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations Hardcover – February 1, 2006
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How would your faith change if you knew about the history and culture in which the Bible was written?
For years archaeologists have been excavating historical sites to recover a better understanding of early civilizations. Their discoveries have given us insight on how, where, and why our essential religious beliefs came to be. Now Alfred Hoerth and John McRay offer you the opportunity to experience these early cultures for yourself.
An informative and engaging introduction to biblical archaeology, this accessible book explores the histories, cultures, and social forces of the earliest civilizations. Full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams walk you through archaeological digs, including those in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine. The knowledge gained through these excavations will give you insight into the historical context and cultural setting of the biblical narratives. The result is a compelling look at the biblical text that allows you to see and truly experience the life and work of such godly men as Abraham and Moses, as well as Jesus and his disciples.
Alfred Hoerth is the former director of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he taught for almost thirty years. He is the author of Archaeology and the Old Testament, coeditor of Peoples of the Old Testament, and has participated in numerous archaeological excavations.
John McRay (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School and the author of Archaeology and the New Testament and Paul: His Life and Teaching.
About the Author
John McRay (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is emeritus professor of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School. He has taught at the college level for more than forty years and is the author of Archaeology and the New Testament and Paul: His Life and Teaching.
Alfred Hoerth is the author of Archeology and the Old Testament and Peoples of the Old Testament. Both authors live in Wheaton, Illinois.
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I guess my biggest complaint is the author's insistance that archaeology cannot be used to "prove" the Bible. While I understand the point, it would have been nice to have been at least presented with some archaeological evidence to substantiate historical things in the Bible. There are plenty of books about ancient civilizations but few that pull together all of the numerous Biblical archaeological finds which academia so often glosses over or minimizes. The authors in this book seem to be more concerned with their standing in the academic community than illuminating the rest of us. I guess my search will continue for that type of book...