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The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts Paperback – June 11, 2002
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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.
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I found the book most interesting and informative in providing an investigation of why the Bible was written and whether some claims and stories are really true.Published 4 days ago by ocdecks
For the sake of the debate ongoing on the topic of the history of early Israel, Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman have proposed a re-interpretation of the archaeological... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Steve
Caveat: This is 2016 and you should know that this book's copyright is 2001. The authors are very clear that they do not believe the Bible is anything more than a broad outline of... Read morePublished 24 days ago by KT
"The Bible Unearthed" by Israel Finklestein and Neil Asher Silberman was exactly what I wanted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A well researched, fascinating review of the current state of archaeology of the biblePublished 2 months ago by Northwest Sailor
This wasn't an easy read. There are passages that I found somewhat tedious. But it was surely worth the effort. I learned so much from these authors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnnbg13
Here is the thing about this book. It has it's supporters and detractors. The detractors are clearly religious and take offense when anyone doubts the veracity of the bible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve C.
If you believe the Bible or Torah or Quran is the word of God why do you feel the need to defend it? God can't handle things on his own? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer