In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and. Simcha said: The Bible Unearthed is a rich informative book that manages to In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and. Find out more about The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finkelstein, Neil Asher Silberman at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos.

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The Patriarchs Dawn breaks on the land of Canaan. Authors Finkelstein and Silberman examine the archeological evidence supporting, and the lack of archeological evidence to support, the Old Testament stories of the Patriarchs, the Exodus, the conquest of Canaan, the kingdom of David and Solomon, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their fall.

In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Nov 20, Duntay rated it really liked it Shelves: However, he does not believe the first 5 books of the Bible The Torah were written by Moses, but were written by a scribe in around the seventh century B.

The Bible Unearthed : Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

The Boundaries of the Province of Yehud. The Hebrew Bible and History. The Bible Unearthed is a rich informative book that manages to deliver a large amount of detail in a highly readable prose that entertains without overwhelming the reader. Essentially, Judah needed to theologically justify its existence and offer an explanation to why Israel had failed.

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Archaeological discoveries about society and culture in the ancient Near East lead the authors to point out a number of anachronisms, suggestive that the narratives were actually set down in the 9th—7th centuries: And in finkflstein times, myth and factual events were more often interwoven than not. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Archaeology suggests that Josiah was initially successful, extending his territory northwards towards Bethela cult-centre of the kingdom of Israel; [58] however he then rode out to meet the Egyptian Pharaoh— Necho —at Meggido.


By BCE, the Assyrians had captured most of Judah, and then they besieged Jerusalem ; the Bible’s coverage of the events leading up to the siege is sparse, briefly listing only a few refortifications of Jerusalem, giving a passing mention to the Siloam tunneland briefly admitting to the loss of most of Judah’s cities, but archaeology gives much more detail. The remainder of the book discusses how Judah worked hard on organizing their YHWH-centric religion to survive potential invasions as a way to remain united Despite the subject matter, however, the authors do not appear to have any particular axe to grind and would seem to be more interested in discussing what the current evidence tells us or, in many cases, merely suggests to us rather than trying to make it fit any particular pet theory about the history of the Levant.

How Vast Was the Kingdom of Josiah? What they have to offer is probably not a shock to scholars in the field, but it will be a fundamentalist nut shot. Searching for Sinai Appendix C: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Imagination invariably exceeds the evidence; research makes plausible the reconstruction.

The Bible Unearthed was well received by some biblical scholars and archaeologists and critically by others. This has been a fascinating excursion into the ancient history of Israel, Judah and the emergence of the Jewish people as an identifiable group who emerged from all the peoples of Canaan. In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors.

The Bible Unearthed

Finkelstein is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and co-director of the excavations at Megiddo. Book ratings by Goodreads. Identifying the Era of Manasseh in the Archaeological Record. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

However, as The Bible Unearthed points out, this contrasts with the Assyrian record on the Taylor Prism[45] in which Hezekiah’s mercenaries abandoned him, and he only then convinced the Assyrian army to leave ghe handing over not only vast amounts of money, jewels, and high quality ivory-inlaid furniture, but also his own daughters, harem, and musicians, and making Judah into a tributary state of the Assyrians.


However, the book seems to lack the literary approach to the texts in the Isarel Bible. The conclusions may prove provocative to some but, as an atheist, this book is a wonderful introduction to an awesome literary tradition that can frighten away those without faith unless it is properly understood how, where and why these stories first emerged.

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Me renueva de ganas de seguir leyendo la Biblia, ahora con nuevos ojos. Most others will learn a lot.

For example, the fortifications of Lachish were heavily strengthened by Hezekiah, rinkelstein but it was besieged, fell, and was then burnt to the ground; according to an illustration on the walls of the Assyrian palace at Ninevahthe Assyrians deported the city’s population and religious objects before they burnt it. Along with Shakespeare, the Bible is among the most read books in the world today. To do so, they edited the first five books of the Hebrew Bible — the Pentateuch or the Torah, attributed to Moses.

Dozens of digs in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon have changed experts’ understanding of ancient Israel and its neighbours- as well as their vision of the Bible’s greatest tales.

The Jerusalem of David and Solomon, according to the archeological evidence, was a small, relatively insignificant mountain town. With that being said, it seems that FS jump to conclusions simply from hard-evidence archaeology, not also considering literary devices or words and tge meanings. View all 5 comments.