Digging Through History: Archaeology and Religion from Atlantis to the Holocaust
Digging through History follows rabbi and archaeologist Richard Freund's journey through some of the most fascinating archaeological sites of human history—including the mysterious Atlantis, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the long-buried Holocaust camp Sobibor. Each chapter takes readers through a different archaeological site, showing what we can learn about past religious life and religious faith through the artifacts found there, as well as what has given each site such strong "staying power" over time.
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Modern archaeological fieldwork is conducted by teams of specialists from disciplines such as history, linguistics, art, and geophysics. Here Freund (Digging Through the Bible) discusses the various far-flung projects he's been involved in over the past few decades that exemplify this multidisciplinary approach. He first explores the role of archaeology in telling the history of civilizations; next he focuses on a site off the Iberian Peninsula that is now thought to be Atlantis. The third chapter concerns the Dead Sea Scrolls and their power to influence modern religious theology; the fourth chapter deals with recently examined synagogues in Spain that indicate that Jewish people played a vital role in medieval Spanish society; and the final chapter examines Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. While Freund does take us on a fascinating journey, his higher goal is to look for the "unseen hands" that have woven each thread into the human tapestry. Freund reasons that, if understood, these patterns uncovered by archaeology can impel us to make better decisions and avoid the mistakes of the past. Especially cogent are the maps of Atlantis and of Sobibor, two decidedly different sites separated by an ocean of time, but their cartographic similarity is striking.Verdict Freund's work is recommended to any reader interested in how archaeology is carried out and the way that patterns are discernible in human history.—Brian Renvall, Mesalands Community Coll., Tucumcari, NM
Digging Through the Bible: Modern Archaeology and the Ancient Bible
Richard A. Freund
Limited preview - 2009