From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible

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National Geographic Books, Dec 4, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, to narrate the history of ancient Israel. Combining the academic rigor that has won the respect of his peers with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidence—from established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faith—and proposes an explanation that reconciles Scripture, science, and history.

Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought some trace of Noah's Ark to meet only with failure. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was no myth but the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that Joshua's storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of Israel's sacred trumpets—a fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research.

Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context, debunks more than a few lunatic-fringe fantasies, and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking, engrossing, entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field.
 

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

This book looks at the attempts to prove many of the most famous stories in the bible through archeology and science and how most of them failed and why. It was well written, somewhat short ... Read full review

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I am glad this book was aimed at amateur people like me who have not done much research. This was a good discussion of mysteries of a number of events in the Old Testament. We do need to remember that ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Garden of Eden
1
Noahs Ark
17
Sodom and Gomorrah
39
Moses and the Exodus
61
Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
93
The Ark of the Covenant
121
The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
153
Further Reading
189
Acknowledgments
193
Illustration Credits
194
Notes
195
Index
233
Bible Index
238
About the Author
240
Copyright

EPILOGUE
183

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Eric H. Cline holds degrees in classical archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, and ancient history, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. A prolific researcher and the prize-winning author of seven books, including The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age, which won a Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award for "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" and was a Main Selection of the Natural Science Book Club. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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