Archaeology of the Land of the Bible

10,000-586 B.C.E.

Author: Amihai Mazar

Publisher: James Clarke Company

ISBN: 9780718828905

Category: Bible

Page: 576

View: 9415


Israeli archaeologist Amihai Mazar introduces the achievements of the dynamic archaeological research in Israel and Jordan and discusses its implications for our knowledge of the world of the Old Testament. The volume covers the period starting with the first permanent settlements around 10,000 B.C.E., and ends with the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.E. and the Babylonian domination of the country. Each of the archaeological periods is presented against its historical and biblical background. Various aspects of the material culture of each period are discussed: the distribution of settlements, the discoveries in the main sites, aspects of civil and religious architecture, pottery making, metallurgy, agriculture, crafts and arts, weapons, jewelry, ritual objects, writing, burial customs, and evidence for trade and cultural relations with neighbouring countries. All these subjects are briefly introduced to create the jigsaw puzzle out of which archaeologists reconstruct the cultural history of the country. The relationship between the archaeological evidence and biblical history is discussed in all relevant chapters. Step-by-step, era-by-era, Amihai Mazar shows just what each archaeological age has to teach the modern reader about the past.The book is illustrated with hundreds of line drawings, maps, photographs, and charts. Bibliographic references provide access to the most recent publications on each of the issues under discussion. This introductory synthesis was written for students and scholars, as well as for those readers interested in expanding their knowledge of the Bible and its world.

Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, 10,000-586 B.C.E.

Author: N.A

Publisher: Doubleday Books


Category: Religion

Page: 572

View: 1099


Describes the archaeaological excavations in Jerusalem, explaining how the research reveals connections between history and Bible stories, and how the artifacts unearthed relate to the various historical periods in the Bible.

The Hebrew Bible

New Insights and Scholarship

Author: Frederick E. Greenspahn

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814731872

Category: Religion

Page: 231

View: 6806


In April of 2001, the headline in the Los Angeles Times read, “Doubting the Story of the Exodus.” It covered a sermon that had been delivered by the rabbi of a prominent local congregation over the holiday of Passover. In it, he said, “The truth is that virtually every modern archeologist who has investigated the story of the exodus, with very few exceptions, agrees that the way the Bible describes the exodus is not the way it happened, if it happened at all.” This seeming challenge to the biblical story captivated the local public. Yet as the rabbi himself acknowledged, his sermon contained nothing new. The theories that he described had been common knowledge among biblical scholars for over thirty years, though few people outside of the profession know their relevance. New understandings concerning the Bible have not filtered down beyond specialists in university settings. There is a need to communicate this research to a wider public of students and educated readers outside of the academy. This volume seeks to meet this need, with accessible and engaging chapters describing how archeology, theology, ancient studies, literary studies, feminist studies, and other disciplines now understand the Bible.

The Bible in Church, Academy, and Culture

Essays in Honour of the Reverend Dr. John Tudno Williams

Author: Alan P.F. Sell

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608994759

Category: Religion

Page: 302

View: 5313


This collection of essays celebrates the contribution of John Tudno Williams to the church, to biblical scholarship and teaching, and to the culture of Wales. Written by biblical scholars, historians, theologians, and authorities on Welsh culture, the papers gather around the central theme of the Bible: its interpretation and exegesis and its place in hymns as well as in the visual culture of Welsh Presbyterianism, in theological colleges, and in theological reflection and construction.

Israel in Transition: The Texts

Author: Lester L. Grabbe

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567027260

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 1105


For more than a decade the European Seminar in Historical Methodology has debated the history of ancient Israel. The really seminal period—one of great debates over a number of different topics—is the four centuries between the Late Bronze II and Iron IIA. This book covers the Seminar session devoted entirely to archaeology.

David's Secret Demons

Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King

Author: Baruch Halpern

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802827975

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 492

View: 5310


Biblical tradition portrays King David as an exceptional man and a paragon of godly devotion. But was he? Some scholars deny that he existed at all. Did he? This challenging book critically examines the textual and archaeological evidence in an effort to paint an accurate picture of one of the Bible's central figures. A leading scholar of biblical history and the ancient Near East, Baruch Halpern traces the development of the David tradition, showing how the image of David grew over time. According to Halpern, David was the founder of a dynasty that progressively exaggerated his accomplishments. Halpern's clear portrait of the historical David reveals his true humanity and shows him to be above all a politician who operated in a rough-and-tumble environment in which competitors were ready literally to slit throats.

Warfare in the Old Testament

The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies

Author: Boyd Seevers

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825436559

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 7614


Boyd Seevers (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an expert on ancient warfare and has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Israel. He lived in Israel for eight years, during which time he was a visiting professor at Jerusalem University College. This experience gave Seevers great insight into world he describes in Warfare in the Old Testament. He is currently professor of Old Testament Studies at Northwestern College (MN), where he was named teacher of the year in 2006 and 2012.

A Pathway of Interpretation

The Old Testament for Pastors and Students

Author: Walter Brueggemann

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621893340

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 9969


Writing with the pastor and student in mind, Walter Brueggemann provides guidance for interpreting Old Testament texts. He offers both advice for the interpreter as well as examples of working with different sorts of passages: from narratives, prophecies, and Psalms. He also demonstrates how to work thematically, drawing together threads from different traditions. His goal is to work through the rhetoric of these passages to reach toward theological interpretation. These investigations indicate Brueggemann's conviction that the process of moving from text to interpretive outcome is an artistic enterprise that can be learned and practiced.