The Bible in Its World

The Bible and Archaeology Today

Author: K. A. Kitchen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1592446183

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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This book is a solid exposition of the relationship between the ancient near eastern world and ancient Israel. Contrary to popular conceptions that biblical literature was a response to the post-exilic condition, Kitchen demonstrates that in the light of the explosion of knowledge on the ancient near east it has become impossible to maintain critical and minimalist positions on the history and development of Israel and its religion. If one does decide to hold such a view, Kitchen explains that doing so makes Israel the only ancient nation incapable of transmitting its history and having elaborate religious rituals, which we now know were common characteristics of ancient civilizations from even before the time of Moses. Kitchen further explains that the modern minimalist views were born out of 19th century German critical theory, at a time when such knowledge of the ancient world simply did not exist. As a result, such scholars had to perform their research in a historical vacuum, and thus reconstructed the history of ancient Israel which has turned out, in the light of later research, to totally contradict the rest of the entire ancient near east. The momentum of this 19th century research, Kitchen explains, has carried on into the 20th (and 21st) centuries, coloring the views of many modern archaeologists and Old Testament scholars. This book is very important in the light of recent literature on the subject.
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Ready With An Answer

Author: John Ankerberg,John Weldon

Publisher: ATRI Publishing

ISBN: 1937136426

Category: Religion

Page: 379

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Know What You Believe Why You Believe It & How to Explain It. This powerful sourcebook answers the most important questions skeptics ask about God & Christianity. Along with the authors you'll examine a wide range of evidence for the truth of biblical Christianity & become equipped to evaluate the validity of: Jesus Christ—what sets Him entirely apart from founders of other religions; the resurrection—why lawyers & former skeptics believe it & why skeptics' theories fall short; the reliability of the Bible—how it is proven by the science of archaeology & our manuscript evidence; the miracle of origins—why both creation & evolution require a miracle & why evolution can't be true; reincarnation & Christianity—why they can't coexist; why biblical prophecy proves who the true God is & why the Bible is the only revelation from God; atheists & skeptics—why even they agree they have knowledge about God; & why the biblical evidence strongly argues for an inerrant Bible. Find answers to the toughest questions from creation to salvation & discover the uniqueness of Christianity & man's universal need for the one true God.
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Is the Bible Fact Or Fiction?

An Introduction to Biblical Historiography

Author: Barbara E. Organ

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809142361

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Even considering such questions alerts the modern reader to the limitations of ancient history, as well as to the great distance of time, culture, and language, between the biblical writer and the current reader. IS THE BIBLE FACT OR FICTION? invites the reader to look at the "historical books" of the Bible, not from the standpoint of what actually happened, but to understand the type of history the biblical authors were actually writing. Organ wrote this book out of frustration with uncritical reading of various genres of biblical texts. She felt that the "historical books"--such as Acts of the Apostles and the Old Testament chapters of Maccabees, and Joshua though Kings--are most susceptible of being read in a naive and literal way. Most readers fail to take into account modern expectations of historical accuracy vs. the preconceptions of the ancient writers. Her book focuses on the style, creativity, and individuality of the biblical writers/historians and the richness of their work and examines their accounts through the lens of modern scholarship.
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The Old Testament

A Brief Introduction

Author: Christoph Levin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691113944

Category: Religion

Page: 191

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A current and concise introduction to the largest component of the Bible examines the origins, history, and development of the Old Testament, along with the editorial history underlying its various parts, providing incisive commentary on the diverse books, including the five books of Moses, the prophetic books, the Psalms, and such shorter texts as the books of Job, Ruth, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes.
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Symbiosis, Symbolism, and the Power of the Past

Canaan, Ancient Israel, and Their Neighbors from the Late Bronze Age Through Roman Palaestina

Author: W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Centennial Symposium,American Schools of Oriental Research

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

ISBN: 1575060817

Category: History

Page: 596

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, this collection of erudite essays concentrates on the archaeology of ancient Israel, Canaan, and neighboring nations.
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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Author: Michael David Coogan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195139372

Category: Religion

Page: 487

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Examines the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, society, and religion of Biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity
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What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?

What Archeology Can Tell Us About the Reality of Ancient Israel

Author: William G. Dever

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802821263

Category: History

Page: 327

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For centuries the Hebrew Bible has been the fountainhead of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Today, however, the entire biblical tradition, including its historical veracity, is being challenged. Leading this assault is a group of scholars described as the "minimalist" or "revisionist" school of biblical studies, which charges that the Hebrew Bible is largely pious fiction, that its writers and editors invented "ancient Israel" as a piece of late Jewish propaganda in the Hellenistic era. In this fascinating book noted Syro-Palestinian archaeologist William G. Dever attacks the minimalist position head-on, showing how modern archaeology brilliantly illuminates both life in ancient Palestine and the sacred scriptures as we have them today. Assembling a wealth of archaeological evidence, Dever builds the clearest, most complete picture yet of the real Israel that existed during the Iron Age of ancient Palestine (1200 600 B.C.). Dever's exceptional reconstruction of this key period points up the minimalists' abuse of archaeology and reveals the weakness of their revisionist histories. Dever shows that ancient Israel, far from being an "invention," is a reality to be discovered. Equally important, his recovery of a reliable core history of ancient Israel provides a firm foundation from which to appreciate the aesthetic value and lofty moral aspirations of the Hebrew Bible.
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The Bible Unearthed

Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Isreal and the Origin of Sacred Texts

Author: Israel Finkelstein,Neil Asher Silberman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743223381

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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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. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors. They argue that crucial evidence (or a telling lack of evidence) at digs in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible—the wanderings of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, and David and Solomon’s vast empire—reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts. Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.
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Ancient Israel's History

An Introduction to Issues and Sources

Author: Bill T. Arnold,Richard S. Hess

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441246347

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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The history of Israel is a much-debated topic in Old Testament studies. On one side are minimalists who find little of historical value in the Hebrew Bible. On the other side are those who assume the biblical text is a precise historical record. Many serious students of the Bible find themselves between these two positions and would benefit from a careful exploration of issues in Israelite history. This substantive history of Israel textbook values the Bible's historical contribution without overlooking critical issues and challenges. Featuring the latest scholarship, the book introduces students to the current state of research on issues relevant to the study of ancient Israel. The editors and contributors, all top biblical scholars and historians, discuss historical evidence in a readable manner, using both canonical and chronological lenses to explore Israelite history. Illustrative items, such as maps and images, visually support the book's content. Tables and sidebars are also included.
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The Kingdom of the Occult

Author: Walter Martin,Jill Martin Rische,Kurt Van Gorden,Kevin Rische

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418589837

Category: Religion

Page: 752

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The Kingdom of the Occult delivers the timely followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The Kingdom of the Cults This book takes Dr. Walter Martin's comprehensive knowledge and his dynamic teaching style and forges a strong weapon against the world of the Occult-a weapon of the same scope and power as his phenomenal thirty-five year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults (over 875,000 sold). Chapters include: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, Tools of the Occult, Demon Possession and Exorcism, Spiritual Warfare, etc. Features include: Each chapter contains: Quick Facts; History; Case Studies; Theology; Resources
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