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Has archaeology buried the Bible?

Author: William G Dever
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the last twenty years, archaeological evidence has dramatically illuminated ancient Israel, particularly its religion. However, instead of proving the truth of the Bible, as an earlier generation had confidently predicted, the new discoveries have forced us to revise much of what was thought to be biblical truth. The new data provokes an urgent question: If the biblical stories are not always true historically,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William G Dever
ISBN: 9780802877635 080287763X
OCLC Number: 1129100088
Description: ix, 158 pages illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Digging in the dirt and in the Bible --
Patriarchs, matriarchs, and migrations: where is the promised land? --
Yahweh versus Pharaoh: holy war --
Israel settles in its land of promise, or peril? --
Yahweh comes to the rescue: divine kingship --
Israel, a nation among the nations: divine destiny, and disaster --
Religion and cult:how many gods?
Responsibility: William G. Dever.

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In the last twenty years, archaeological evidence has dramatically illuminated ancient Israel, particularly its religion. However, instead of proving the truth of the Bible, as an earlier generation had confidently predicted, the new discoveries have forced us to revise much of what was thought to be biblical truth. The new data provokes an urgent question: If the biblical stories are not always true historically, what, if anything, is still salvageable of the Bible's ethical and moral values? In a postmodern age much of the Western cultural tradition, resting on the biblical worldview, is being challenged. The Bible, read with a critical and discerning mind, can help us to do right in this world--and archaeology may be the best tool for the task of bringing to light the ethical value of the Bible. Has Archaeology Buried the Bible? simplifies the complex issues and summarizes the new, archaeologically attested ancient Israel, period by period (ca. 1200-600 BCE). But it also explores in detail how a modern, critical reader of the Bible can still find relevant truths by which to live.

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