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The Archaeology of the Bible epub ebook

by James K. Hoffmeier

The Archaeology of the Bible epub ebook

Author: James K. Hoffmeier
Category: Ancient Civilizations
Language: English
Publisher: Lion Hudson; 1st edition (January 29, 2008)
ISBN: 0825461995
ISBN13: 978-0825461996
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 268
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Beautifully illustrated, The Archaeology of the Bible is an ideal resource for anyone interested in learning more about the societies and events of the ancient Near East and how they affect our understanding of the Bible.
Reviews (7)
This book is terrific. It gives you a lot of information in an easy and enjoyable read. Hoffmeier is a very promoninite biblical archaeologist and is widely published. His facts are backed up with research. This book is great for an overall look at the Bible. It includes the old and the new testament. I highly recommend it if you don't want to delve too deeply in the subject. After all it is only 185 pages.

Hoffmeier does an outstanding of job of reviewing biblical history and the associated archaeological finds. He is an excellent writer. His clear, concise narrative of complicated biblical events involving foreign powers and the northern and southern kingdoms is the best I've ever read.

Once I got this book, I realized that I have gotten a fair number of books on this subject. It is good, no doubt, to have one more and to be able to add Hoffmeier's perspective to that of others.

The book is very well laid-out on glossy paper with great illustrations. Inasmuch as I travelled to Israel and Jordan this summer, it was also fun to recognize some places in his book as "I was there" moments.

The book is divided up into helpful sections with chapters that relate directly to the topic of that section ("The Land and Kings of Israel",m for example). There are also maps, illustrations, and a helpful "approximate" chronological chart. At 185 pages, it is not a weighty tome and would be good for students (high school and up) as well as the interested reader of the Bible and/or of ancient Near Eastern history.

Some reviewers have scolded Hoffmeier for "bias", which is not a new charge in biblical studies or biblical archaeology. Hoffmeier does have his own perspective. So do you....and I. What he does with his perspective is what counts. He presents the evidence in a general way and tries to balance things out and make sense of all of it. This means that he will please some, irritate others. This is not a new phenomenon, and every sort of historical subject has these sorts of arguments. Try telling someone that Alexander the Great was a tyrant, an alcoholic, and a bloody murderer, and see how that goes down, for example.

I do recommend this book to anyone.


Good book. It was not exactly what I expected. I felt it explained too many very basic things. This is just my impression; perhaps because I was expecting something a bit different.

very good book

A splendid survey of Biblical archaeology, from Old to New, with exceptional historical references, too. Many well placed scripture cross-references aid in this study.

Well written, brilliantly research book.

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