Archaeology has shed much light on the veracity of the Bible, this book brings the story up to date. Among issues explored are the possible evidence for a Great Flood found at Ur, the discovery of clay tablets in Syria purporting to relate to Abraham, biblical plagues, fall of Jericho, whereabouts of the Ark, significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In the 1950s the light shed by archaeology on the veracity of the Bible was fascinating enough; but this volume seeks to take the story up to the century's end. Among the issues it explores are the possible evidence for a Great Flood found at Ur, the discovery of thousands of clay tablets in Syria purporting to relate to Abraham, Esau and Ishmail, the evidence for the Biblical plagues and for the destruction of Jericho, the whereabouts of the Ark, the provenance of the gospels, and the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is written neither for the religious fundamentalist nor the blinkered atheist, but for the thinking layman eager to know to what extent the events described in the Bible may have been historically true, and is illustrated with colour photographs, maps and reconstructions of Biblical cities and buildings.
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Ian Wilson was born in London in 1941 and educated at Emanuel School, Wandsworth, and Magdalene College, Oxford, where he graduated in History in 1963. His previous books include The Turin Shroud, which became a worldwide bestseller when published in 1978 and Jesus: The Evidence (1984), a companion to the major three-part TV series of the same name and another bestseller. The Blood and the Shroud was published in 1998. His biography of Shakespeare, Shakespeare: The Evidence was published in 1993 and The Bible is History in 1999. All of his books have attracted critical acclaim.
Table of Contents
Did the Bible begin in Turkey?; "the Canaanites were then in the land"; with "Jacob's brood" in Egypt; coming out with "signs and wonders"; with Moses in no-man's land; conquest? what conquest?; "Israel is laid waste"; those unsettling Philistines; a king most human; "in all his glory"; a house divided; fateful chariot; when the Assyrian came down; succumbing to Babylon; "if I forget you, O Jerusalem"; when priests fought and ruled; true time of the scrolls?; coming of the "new covenant"; "a very minor Galilean exorcist?; behind the "bones and flesh".
The Bible Is History by Ian Wilson
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