The book focuses on the archaeology of the Bronze Age and Iron Age Levant and traces the story that this archaeology unfolds as compared with the accounts given in the Hebrew Bible. Despite the subject matter, however, the authors do not appear to have any particular axe to grind and would seem to be more interested in The Bible Unearthed is a rich informative book that manages to deliver a large amount of detail in a highly readable prose that entertains without overwhelming the reader. Despite the subject matter, however, the authors do not appear to have any particular axe to grind and would seem to be more interested in discussing what the current evidence tells us or, in many cases, merely suggests to us rather than trying to make it fit any particular pet theory about the history of the Levant. While the authors do convincingly argue that the archaeological record reveals a history of the Biblical kingdoms of Israel and Judah that often departs from the accounts given in the Deuteronomistic history, they do not present this information as part of any agenda to debunk or rebut the Bible - at least, not beyond the acknowledgment that there is really no evidence to support a strictly literal interpretation of the "historical" information provided in the Bible. It eloquently expresses the deeply rooted sense of shared origins, experiences, and destiny that every human community needs in order to survive. In short, this is a book which should appeal to anyone with any interest in the history of the Biblical Levant who is not already thoroughly invested in the belief that the Bible can only be viewed through the prism of a strictly literal and inerrant historicity.
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Methodology[ edit ] The methodology applied by the authors is historical criticism with an emphasis on archaeology. Writing in the website of "The Bible and Interpretation", the authors describe their approach as one "in which the Bible is one of the most important artifacts and cultural achievements [but] not the unquestioned narrative framework into which every archaeological find must be fit.
On the basis of this evidence they propose As noted by a reviewer on Salon. As the map indicates, Canaan was occupied by Egypt at that time, a fact which the Bible fails to register. This is seen as evidence that the stories of Abraham , Joseph , Jacob and Esau were written after this time. Like Jericho, there was no settlement at the time of its supposed conquest by the children of Israel. Archaeology instead shows that in the time of Solomon, the northern kingdom of Israel was quite small, too poor to be able to pay for a vast army, and with too little bureaucracy to be able to administer a kingdom, certainly not an empire;  it only emerged later, around the beginning of the 9th century BCE, in the time of Omri.
Judah was flooded with refugees; the population of Israel had been nine times larger than that of Judah, so many small Judean villages suddenly became cities,  archaeology evidencing that the population of Jerusalem itself expanded by about fold, turning it from a small hilltown into a large city. Hezekiah predeceased Sennacherib, dying just a couple of years after the siege. His successor and son , Manasseh , reversed the religious changes, re-introducing religious pluralism; Finkelstein and Silberman suggest that this may have been an attempt to gain co-operation from village elders and clans, so that he would not need so much centralised administration, and could therefore allow the countryside to return to economic autonomy.
But when the Babylonian faction eventually won the Assyrian civil war, they set out to forcibly retake the former Assyrian tributaries. Judah, as a loyal Egyptian vassal-state, resisted, with disastrous consequences: the Babylonians plundered Jerusalem in BCE and imposed their own vassal king; these events are described in the Bible and confirmed, with variations, in the Babylonian Chronicle. In BCE, the Achaemenids conquered Babylon, and, in accordance with their Zoroastrian perspective, allowed the people deported by the Babylonians to return; this is described by the Cyrus Cylinder , which also indicates that the Persians repaired the temples in these conquered lands, returning any sacred artifacts to them.
The conflict between the returnees and those who had always been in Judah evidently required resolution; the two groups had to be reintegrated. Finkelstein and Silberman argue that the Deuteronomic law advanced by parts of the deported elite the ancestors of the returnees ,  and the laws and legends of the inveterate inhabitants, were melded together into a single Torah so that it could form a central authority able to unite the population.
Baruch Halpern , professor of Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University and leader of the archaeological digs at Megiddo for many years, praised it as "the boldest and most exhilarating synthesis of Bible and archaeology in fifty years",  and Jonathan Kirsch , writing in the Los Angeles Times , called it "a brutally honest assessment of what archeology can and cannot tell us about the historical accuracy of the Bible", which embraces the spirit of modern archaeology by approaching the Bible "as an artifact to be studied and evaluated rather than a work of divine inspiration that must be embraced as a matter of true belief".
In juxtaposing the biblical record and archaeological data, they work with tantalizing fragments of a distant past. Assembling clues to argue their thesis requires bold imagination and disciplined research. The Bible Unearthed exhibits both in abundance. Imagination invariably exceeds the evidence; research makes plausible the reconstruction. Fortunately, the book does not achieve its goal: "to attempt to separate history from legend.
What actually happened and what a people thought happened belong to a single historical process. That understanding leads to a sobering thought. Stories of exodus from oppression and conquest of land, stories of exile and return and stories of triumphal vision are eerily contemporary. If history is written for the present, are we doomed to repeat the past? Thus the book is ideologically driven and controlled. Dever published in the Biblical Archaeology Review and subsequently in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research , resulted in heated exchanges between Dever and Finkelstein.
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La Biblia desenterrada
La Biblia Desenterrada Judah was flooded with refugees; the population of Biboia had been nine times larger than that of Judah, so many small Judean villages suddenly became cities,  archaeology evidencing that the population of Jerusalem itself expanded by dessenterrada fold, turning it from a small hilltown into a large city. A review of the book by fellow archeologist William G. Stories of exodus from oppression and conquest of land, stories of exile and return and stories of triumphal vision are eerily contemporary. There are remains of once grand cities at MegiddoHazor and Gezerwith archeological evidence showing that they suffered violent destruction. Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman. Archaeology suggests that Josiah was initially successful, extending his territory northwards towards Bethela cult-centre of the kingdom of Israel;  however he then rode out to meet the Egyptian Pharaoh— Necho —at Meggido. Judah, as a loyal Egyptian vassal-state, resisted, with disastrous consequences: In juxtaposing the biblical record and archaeological data, they work with tantalizing fragments of a distant past.
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