Archaeology and Bible History

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Zondervan, 1992 - Religion - 314 pages
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Summarizes the history of the Bible and sheds light on biblical events through archaeological discoveries.

A rigorous work of biblical history, interpretation, and criticism; Joseph P. Free's classic--first published in 1950--served an entire generation of pastors, Sunday school teachers, laypersons, and college students.

When the book was withdrawn from circulation in 1976 after the fourteenth printing, many hoped for the day when it would be revised and updated. That task has been expertly undertaken by one of Dr. Free's former students and a biblical archaeologist in his own right, Dr. Howard Vos, who has:

  • Brought the archaeological and historical material up to date,
  • Modified earlier archaeological interpretations, where necessary,
  • Updated the bibliography,
  • And brought this essential work of biblical archeology back into circulation.

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I found this one at The Barbican in York. Having read Boyd's Pictorial Guide to Biblical Archaeology, I was pleased to find that this was more of the same arranged slightly differently. Joseph Free ... Read full review


Maps and Illustrations
Bible Archaeology Bible History and Buried Cities
Cain and Abel Flood
Abrahams Early Life in Canaan Genesis 1220
Abraham Isaac and Jacob Genesis 2137
Joseph in Egypt Genesis 3750
Moses in Egypt Exodus 112
Out of Egypt Exodus 1240
Davids Reign 2 Samuel 1 Chronicles 1129
Solomons Reign 1 Kings 111 2 Chronicles 19
The Divided Kingdom 1 Kings 1222 2 Chronicles
The Northern and Southern Kingdoms Israel
The End of the Northern Kingdom c 750722 B C
The Exile c 605536 B C 2 Kings 25 Jeremiah Daniel
Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem Ezra Nehemiah
Palestine Under Syria the Maccabees and

Mount Sinai and the Wilderness Leviticus Numbers
The Conquest of Canaan Joshua
The Period of the Judges Judges
Eli Samuel
The Life and Ministry of Christ Matthew Mark Luke
The Beginning of the Church Acts 112
The Development of the Early Church Pauls Later

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About the author (1992)

The late Joseph P. Free was chairman of the department of archaeology at Wheaton College, and later, professor of archaeology and history at Bemidji State College in Minnesota. He did extensive excavations of the city of Dothan and published numerous articles on issues of archaeology.

Howard F. Vos had a distinguished career as an expert in historical, geographical, biblical, and archeological research. A prolific author and editor, he authored twenty-five books that were standards in their field, including the Wycliffe Bible Dictionary. He traveled extensively in the Bible lands and excavated many sites in Israel. Vos was professor of history and archaeology at The King's College in New York from 1971-1995. He moved to Philadelphia, became a member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, and was associated with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology until his death in April of 2019.

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