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Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction 1st Edition

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"Cline's book is expertly written, covering an amazing amount of material -- the history of Biblical archaeology from the 19th century to the present and the wisdom (or, alternatively, lack thereof) of applying the results of archaeology to the text of the Bible -- without leaving the reader breathless or puzzled." --Biblical Archaeology Review


"Cline is so excited and enthusiastic about the digging trade he comes across as a modern-day Indiana Jones." - Tribune Magazine


About the Author


Eric H. Cline is Associate Director (USA) of the ongoing excavations at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel. He is Associate Professor of Classics and of Anthropology (Ancient History and Archaeology) and Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. His many books include The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); and From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195342631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195342635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sharon A. tuccinardi on January 24, 2010
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This book traces in a clear and concise manner archaeological phases from the middle ages to the present time. It is clear about who discovered what, it defines both sides of major controversies, it puts the magazine "Biblical Archaeological Review" and founder Herschel Schenks in a proper perspective. A student, using this book, would be able to pick an area to do further research. This is the best written overview of archaeology I ever read. Mike Tuccinardi
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This is an excellent book in every way. In only about 150 pages, it includes nearly all the important sites, methods, people and schools of thought. It's well organized and written very clearly. It's a perfect survey/summary of Biblical Archaeology today.

One important update is required, though. The last chapter speaks about forgeries, and it focuses on the very serious charges that were made against Oded Golan, an Israeli collector of antiquities. This book appeared in 2009, but readers should know that Golan was acquitted of all forgery charges in March 2012.
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Author Eric H. Cline's 2009 book delivers exactly what is promised, a VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION to biblical archaeology. Even so, there is considerable information about the progressive stages in the development of archaeological methodology over the past 200 years, and descriptions of the significant finds and the people who made them. The charge by one reviewer, that this book is biased against the biblical account, is spurious. I found the book to be scrupulously neutral, and for the record, Cline appears to assume the existence of an historical Jesus, "As for the actual ministry established by Jesus and his followers, some of the most interesting archaeological evidence was uncovered in November 2005..." (p. 112). If there is any bias, it is in favor of archaeology that has no agenda beyond historical accuracy. Cline details several recent examples of fraud and forgery, and the methods by which these were exposed, which devotees of the History Channel may find disquieting. The book has an index, a reference section for each chapter, and a "further reading" list.
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A really great short intro to biblical archaelogy -- a lot of information packed into this short book, but still very readable and enjoyable.

My only issue is I wish it had more of the actual archaeology and a little less of the history of the archaeologists.
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This was a recommendation for an upcoming trip to Israel. It is a summary of Biblical archaeology, written with the non-academician in mind. It begins with basic Biblical history. Then it tells about the history of Biblical archaeology.

Academicians may be dismayed by the lack of detail and documentation, but it was perfect for my needs.
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Dr. Cline write a sharp and clear introduction to the history of Biblical Archeology. A potentially dry subject that he manages to bring to life and make interesting. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to others who are intrested in the subject.
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Very well supported when talking about evidence. Eric C. Cline is not biased when talking about the Bible and history. He does not seem to belong to a maximalist nor minimalist schools. It is worth reading this book and "From Eden to Exile".
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This book is exactly as advertised and is well-written. I will use it from time to time to refresh my memory when reading of archaeological digs in the Near East. It is worth while.
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