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A modern-day adventurer - part detective, part scientist, part visionary - Pellegrino traces archaeological sites from the Nile to the Jordan and the Tigris-Euphrates rivers and presents compelling evidence from scientists, archaeologists and theologians that the oral histories of the Bible hold a surprising basis in fact.
We journey with him from the ancient cities of Babylon and Ur, Nineveh and Jericho, to King Solomon's Temple in search of the Ark of the Covenant, and to Qumram for the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. You might expect archaeology to be as dry as, well, dust. But Pellegrino's enthusiasm is infectious.
Far from being boring and inaccessible, this book is an unexpected delight. Impeccably researched, yet written with extraordinary clarity of language and as riveting as a good thriller, it'll probably make you go out and start digging for treasure in your own backyard. Eat your heart out Indiana Jones!
There are accounts of the Thera eruption encoded in the Greek story of Atlantis and in Egyptian writings as well as in the Exodus story in the Bible. Unfortunately, there haven't been enough early Minoan writings uncovered to help in the deciphering of Linear A. It is hoped that as the extensive city on Santorini is excavated, more writings will be discovered. Linear B is related to early Greek, but they don't have a clue as yet what Linear A is related to.
What impressed me most was that the Minoans, protected by the sea and engaged in widespread trade on it, did not seem to have to fight to have influence in the ancient world. They prospered and developed a superior culture in peace. They had art that inspired the Greeks and plumbing rivaling our own. (They had flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water.) Unlike their successors, they apparently did not relegate women to an inferior position.Read more ›
Anyone who knows anything about the Bible knows the pitfalls of literal interpretation.
This was taught to me by Christian Brothers when I was in college.
Pellegrino is a multi-disciplined scientist and a very readable writer.
He insults nobody, but the ignorant.
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So enlightening and it put our human wastefulness in perspective. Yes, our species will cause its own extinction, but not in my lifetime, and that will be part of the cosmic order... Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by mikey
The book goes into extreme details on the real events behind the Five Books of Mosses, and is a real page turner. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by David Good
Second book I've read by Pellegrino. He can be, at times, difficult to follow as he jumps time periods while making connections. His theories are compelling. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by M King
This is another fascinating, page turner. A master story-teller, this book met every expectation, after his Dust, Ghosts of Vesuvius, The Killing Star, Last Train and his Titanic... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Frances H. Kakugawa
When I purchased this book, I thought it would have given me all the information I needed to know about Sodom and Gomorrah. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Neela B
Pellegrino, a palentologist who has engaged in archeology is absolutely brilliant in the way he gives explanations for Biblical episodes, sets timelines that corroborate with... Read morePublished on September 18, 2007 by Herblady22
I read this book in the fall of 2005, which was a very rough and chaotic time in my life - serendipitously appropriate, I suppose, for a book about one of the most historically... Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by Darby