The Bible As History, now thoroughly updated with the latest scientific and archaeological breakthroughs in biblical investigation Including Revolutionary new evidence that confirms some of the most monumental and controversial events in the Bible including the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra Recently deciphered texts from the ancient world that offer an intriguing look back at the origin of the Ten Commandments An entirely new chapter revealing the extraordinary techniques that may soon prove the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin The Bible As History will take you on a breathtaking journey to the heart of Holy Scripture as it pieces together one of the most stunning spiritual puzzles in the history of mankind


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  1. Euphrosene Labon aka Wise El Euphrosene Labon aka Wise El says:

    Although I must admit to faith rather than currently provable facts, I have long believed science and archaeology would, in time, provide those proofs.So I bought this in 2017 for grist rather than to add to my faithand properly started reading it on the train yesterday Very easy to read and absorb and his enthusiasm is wonderful However Yes, there is a however he mentions how the Fertile Crescent is central to a multiplicity of civilisations.Rays of light streamed out from them into the surrounding darkness of mankind.And this is where I took exception being of South Indian ethnic origins.He goes on to confirm in his view the darkness of the rest of the world where at the foot of the Himalayas the flickering lamp of an isolated outpost of civilisation in the Indus valley was fast going out Hmmm Not true.Archaeological excavations in the past fifty years have dramatically changed the understanding of India s past and, by extension, world history A 4000 year old skeleton discovered at Balathal in 2009 CE provides the oldest evidence of leprosy in India Prior to this find, leprosy was considered a much younger disease thought to have been carried from Africa to India at some point and then from India to Europe by the army of Alexander the Great following his death in 323 BCE It is now understood that significant human activity was underway in India by the Holocene Period 10,000 years ago and that many historical assumptions based upon earlier work in Egypt and Mesopotamia, need to be reviewed and revised.Archaeological excavations in the past fifty years have dramatically changed the understanding of India s past and, by extension, world history A 4000 year old skeleton discovered at Balathal in 2009 CE provides the oldest evidence of leprosy in India Prior to this find, leprosy was considered a much younger disease thought to have been carried from Africa to India at some point and then from India to Europe by the army of Alexander the Great following his death in 323 BCE It is now understood that significant human activity was underway in India by the Holocene Period 10,000 years ago and that many historical assumptions based upon earlier work in Egypt and Mesopotamia, need to be reviewed and revised Does that mean the rest of what he has written should be dismissed No, not at all.His book has made me curious for current information and, as I said, he write is an easy style.And I still believe


  2. fiona miller fiona miller says:

    I had a small paperback of this book which is wonderful but it s been remodelled in this larger format, and all the original illustrations are sadly missing, including maps The layout isn t good and it should have been proof read properly, as there are lots of mistakes The photo part of the book is in black and white and you can t really make out the pictures Bad choice The Holy Land looks good in colour and details are lost in this version I was disappointed, as this has not been done well at all and obviously not by a professional publisher, which is sad.


  3. mariahilff.de Customer mariahilff.de Customer says:

    Enjoyed this book a lot I m not a part of any religion but after reading this you do approach the bible and quran in a different way I bought it really after looking for a book that would chronicle the entire history of the old testament period and ended up with much Really interesting for religious and non religious alike Good book.


  4. Sally Sally says:

    Wonderfully informative with lots of unheard of facts, would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history and archaeology in particular.


  5. Francine Francine says:

    I read the original version years ago.I haven t had time to read this one yet but I expect it to be even informative.


  6. Simon Robinson Simon Robinson says:

    OK, I m not a believer in the bible as the word of god it is a compilation of verbally handed down stories from a stone age tribe What I do believe is that most of the bible has a strong basis on real eventsand this book will leave you in little doubt about that Stories that are passed on verbally tend to get embellished over the yearssome of the bible stories are thousand of years old so chances are 40 became 400 which became 4000 etc However, this book explains how much of the Middle Eastern landscape has changed since the time of the bible and how recent discoveries have revealed the evidence.


  7. Carol P. Carol P. says:

    Exactly the type of book I was looking for Informative and unbiased.


  8. Warden Warden says:

    Just as I wanted and owned originally 50 years ago It provides an archaeological basis to theological understandind and provides an histographical perspective to current episimological knowledge.


  9. Stained Glass Fun Stained Glass Fun says:

    Wasn t the exact book hubby wanted but the next printing


  10. C. W. McCordic C. W. McCordic says:

    A reference book that reads like a novel Well done, scholarly and thoroughly documented.


  11. Roger Leaming Roger Leaming says:

    I teach a course in the Bible As History, somImwas excited to stumble across this book The archeological side is covered fairly satisfactorily, but the author totally discounts God s presence in many Biblical events The book is also somewhat dated since recent discoveries have superseded some of the author s information I would not recommend this book for any serious student of the Bible.


  12. Myunkie Myunkie says:

    I read the earlier version This is an updated version and was disappointed The earlier version did not jump to a biblical conclusion, but let the reader make up his her own mind This one has stated conclusions The bothersome part is that the conclusions were not based on conclusive evidence and should have been left open.


  13. Graham H. Seibert Graham H. Seibert says:

    The book is organized to follow history as outlined in the Bible, starting with Abraham in Ur of the Chaldees in proceeding up until about the time of the Greeks It ties out all of the major biblical narratives to archaeological digs and textual evidence from other sources.The biblical Abraham lived sometime during the Bronze Age That was a time in which agriculture already had two millennia of history and writing was well established in both the Fertile Crescent and Egypt Abraham s birthplace was a large city near modern Basra, meaning he presumably left a comfortable life to become a nomadic herdsman wandering through parts of what are today Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt As with Abraham, they plot his son and grandsons meanderings by associating biblical references to archaeological discoveries of places with similar names and in the identified geographical locations.The Exodus presents something of a difficulty, but the author does a workmanlike job of providing plausible explanations for manna, the quail, and the various tribes that Moses encountered along the way The same is true for Joshua s conquest of the land of Canaan The cities mentioned are there, where they re supposed to be, and they are destroyed, as they were supposed to be Explanations are forwarded for smaller miracles larger ones such as the sun standing still for a day, or Jericho s walls tumbling at the sound of the trumpet, are not The authors present arguments both supporting and questioning the text of the Bible, though the sense of the book tends to accept the biblical account except when proven otherwise.The authors admit that there are many difficulties in the chronology The ages of the patriarchs is one such difficulty Abraham and Sarah supposedly lived within historical times, when nobody else achieved anywhere near Abraham s 175 years or bore children in their 90s Also, it is hard to find enough time in the tie in with chronology of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and other kingdoms to allow for 480 years of Egyptian captivity and another 430 from Moses down to King David They identify some of these problems, but don t resolve them.This book reflects its 50 year old roots in what it does not address Its history embraces the period from the middle Bronze Age to the middle Iron Age There were constant advances in technology The coming and going of each city can be dated by the technologies they used, writings, and foreign references Later researchers have found a number of anachronisms It does not consider population densities or resources In particular, how could the Sinai support the supposed 600,000 exiles from Egypt, what happened to that large number during the 40 years of wandering, and how could Joshua have had adequate arms and men to conquer Canaan You fall back to accepting that these stories are at best fuzzy, or part mythical.The book lacks an index, a timeline, and graphs and tables to visibly display the associations that it is making in words A reader has to approach the book on a chapter by chapter basis, following the same organization as the Bible For that reason among others, the Bible as History appears to put the Bible first and history second.On a positive note, a person who has not had the time or fortitude to wade through the first 14 books of the Bible, namely Genesis through Chronicles, will find this a very readable summary of biblical history, and one which puts the Bible into the perspective of world history.


  14. ruthlmut ruthlmut says:

    Per my order, I was supposed to get the edition dated March 26, 2012 Well, the actual publishing date according to the inside cover is 2008 However, according to the inside of the back cover, the date is October 05, 2012 Interestingly, nowhere in the book does it state the March 26th 2012 date Strange Now, what did I get Certainly not what I ordered Also, buyer be aware that you receive a totally cheapened down version of this great book No graphics whatsoever, leave alone any of the great pictures of the old hardcover editions I am very disappointed in this book I feel they should mention the fact that there are no graphics and no pictures in the paperback edition.Unfortunately the paperback edition is pretty much useless Werner Keller s original book is a great account of bible history, made understandable for almost everyone It is not just a dry sientific collection of facts, it was always meant to be entertaining Take my advice and spend of your money and get an edition with pictures and graphics it is worth it