From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible

National Geographic #ad - 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. Along the way, engrossing, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking, entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field. 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.

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible #ad - 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. Eric H. 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.


1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed Turning Points in Ancient History

Princeton University Press #ad - Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B. C. How did it happen?in this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, " Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, and the cutting of international trade routes.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed Turning Points in Ancient History #ad - Sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece. A bold reassessment of what caused the Late Bronze Age collapseIn 1177 B. C. Marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt.

But the sea peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B. C.


Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

Oxford University Press #ad - Public interest in biblical archaeology is at an all-time high, as television documentaries pull in millions of viewers to watch shows on the Exodus, the Ark of the Covenant, and the so-called Lost Tomb of Jesus. Biblical archaeology offers a passport into this fascinating realm, where ancient religion and modern science meet, and where tomorrow's discovery may answer a riddle that has lasted a thousand years.

Archaeologist Eric H. Subsequent chapters examine additional archaeological finds that shed further light on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, including the James Ossuary and the Jehoash Tablet, the issue of potential frauds and forgeries, and future prospects of the field. Biblical archaeology: a very short introduction captures the sense of excitement and importance that surrounds not only the past history of the field but also the present and the future, with fascinating new discoveries made each and every season.

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - About the series: combining authority with wit, and style, accessibility, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. He discusses the early pioneers, the origins of biblical archaeology as a discipline, such as Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie and William Foxwell Albright, and the major controversies that first prompted explorers to go in search of objects and sites that would "prove" the Bible.

Important discoveries with relevance to the bible are made virtually every year--during 2007 and 2008 alone researchers announced at least seven major discoveries in Israel, five of them in or near Jerusalem. Cline here offers a complete overview of this exciting field.


The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

Oxford University Press #ad - Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Cline also tells the engaging story of the archaeologists--Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann--who found the long-vanished site of Troy through excavations at Hisarlik, Turkey.

Drawing on evidence found at hisarlik and elsewhere, cline concludes that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place during the Late Bronze Age, forming the nucleus of a story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into final form by Homer. To answer these questions, archaeologist and ancient historian Eric H.

Even today, the war inspires countless articles and books, television documentaries, extensive archaeological excavations, movies, even souvenirs and collectibles. But while the ancients themselves believed that the Trojan War took place, scholars of the modern era have sometimes derided it as a piece of fiction.

Combining archaeological data and textual analysis of ancient documents, this Very Short Introduction considers whether or not the war actually took place and whether archaeologists have really discovered the site of ancient Troy. Every very short introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society.

The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - Throughout, who lived in the iron age, showing for instance that Homer, the author tests the literary claims against the best modern archaeological evidence, for the most part depicted Bronze Age warfare with accuracy. The iliad, homer's epic tale of the abduction of Helen and the decade-long Trojan War, has fascinated mankind for millennia.


Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology

Princeton University Press #ad - Along the way, it addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: how do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to today’s exciting new discoveries, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology.

In 1922, howard carter peered into Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, “I see wonderful things. Carter’s fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall.

Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology #ad - Written by eric cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, this book traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries.


The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Sacred Texts

Free Press #ad - Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.

In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors.

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Sacred Texts #ad - They argue that crucial evidence or a telling lack of evidence at digs in israel, and lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible—the wanderings of the patriarchs, Egypt, Jordan, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, the Exodus from Egypt, and David and Solomon’s vast empire—reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts.


Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel

University of Michigan Press #ad - Jerusalem besieged is invaluable for framing the contemporary situation in the Middle East in the context of a very long and pertinent history. Baruch halpern, pennsylvania state universityA sweeping history of four thousand years of struggle for control of one city"An absorbing account of archaeological history, from the ancient Israelites' first conquest to today's second intifada.

Cline clearly lays out the fascinating history behind the conflicts. Usa today"a pleasure to read, this work makes this important but complicated subject fascinating. Jewish book world"jerusalem besieged is a fascinating account of how and why a baffling array of peoples, size, ideologies, and religions have fought for some four thousand years over a city without either great wealth, or strategic importance.

Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel #ad - Rose mary sheldon, virginia military Institute"This groundbreaking study offers a fascinating synthesis of Jerusalem's military history from its first occupation into the modern era. Cline guides us through the baffling, ottoman, moslem, Western, Roman, Crusader, Arab, but always bloody, array of Jewish, and Israeli fights for possession of such a symbolic prize in a manner that is both scholarly and engaging.

Victor davis hanson, stanford University; author of The Other Greeks and Carnage and Culture. Cline amply deploys primary source material to investigate assaults on Jerusalem of every sort, starting at the dawn of recorded history. Jerusalem besieged will enlighten anyone interested in the history of military conflict in and around Jerusalem.


Prague Spring: A Novel

Other Press #ad - For the first time, nothing seems off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Having reached southern germany, they decide on a whim to visit Czechoslovakia, where Alexander Dubček's "socialism with a human face" is smiling on the world. Meanwhile, first secretary at the british embassy in Prague, Sam Wareham, is observing developments in the country with both a diplomat's cynicism and a young man's passion.

New york times bestselling author of the glass Room Simon Mawer returns to Czechoslovakia, this time during the turbulent 1960s, with a suspenseful story that mixes sex, politics, and betrayal. In the summer of 1968--a year of love and hate, of prague Spring and Cold War winter--Oxford students James Borthwick and Eleanor Pike set out to hitchhike across Europe, complicating a budding friendship that could be something more.

Prague Spring: A Novel #ad - Yet the wheels of politics are grinding in the background. In the company of czech student lenka Konečková, he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth, its hopes and its ideas. The soviet leader leonid brezhnev is making demands of Dubček, and the Red Army is amassed on the borders. How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasion?With this shrewd, engrossing, and sensual novel, Simon Mawer cements his status as one of the most talented writers of historical spy fiction today.


Wrath of the Furies: A Novel of the Ancient World Novels of Ancient Rome Book 15

Minotaur Books #ad - In 88 B. C. It seems as if the entire ancient world is at war. Not entirely sure whether he's a player or a pawn, Gordianus must unravel the mystery behind the message if he's to save himself and the people he holds most dear. Now in ephesus, as part of Mithridates' entourage, Antipater seems to think that his life is in imminent danger.

In the west, the italian states are rebelling against Rome; in the east, Mithridates is marching through and conquering the Roman Asian provinces. The young gordianus has been waiting out the chaos in Alexandria, when he gets a cryptic message from his former tutor and friend, with Bethesda, Antipater.

Wrath of the Furies: A Novel of the Ancient World Novels of Ancient Rome Book 15 #ad - But there are powerful, and deadly forces, at work here, which have their own plans for Gordianus. To rescue him, gordianus concocts a daring, even foolhardy, scheme to go "behind enemy lines" and bring Antipater to safety. Even in the relatively calm Alexandria, a coup has brought a new Pharaoh to power and chaos to the streets.


Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

Thomas Dunne Books #ad - At the heart of this book is the story of Babylon, which rose to prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi from about 1800 BCE. Civilization was born eight thousand years ago, between the floodplains of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, when migrants from the surrounding mountains and deserts began to create increasingly sophisticated urban societies.

Even as babylon's fortunes waxed and waned, it never lost its allure as the ancient world's greatest city. Bringing the people of this land to life in vibrant detail, as well as the technical and cultural innovations, the author chronicles the rise and fall of power during this period and explores the political and social systems, which made this land extraordinary.

Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization #ad - In the cities that they built, half of human history took place. In babylon, paul kriwaczek tells the story of Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements seven thousand years ago to the eclipse of Babylon in the sixth century BCE. Engaging and compelling, Babylon reveals the splendor of the ancient world that laid the foundation for civilization itself.


Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon

Princeton University Press #ad - A vivid portrait of the early years of biblical archaeology from the acclaimed author of 1177 B. C. The year civilization collapsedin 1925, james henry breasted, famed egyptologist and director of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, sent a team of archaeologists to the Holy Land to excavate the ancient site of Megiddo—Armageddon in the New Testament—which the Bible says was fortified by King Solomon.

Their excavations made headlines around the world and shed light on one of the most legendary cities of biblical times, yet little has been written about what happened behind the scenes. He masterfully sets the expedition against the backdrop of the Great Depression in America and the growing troubles and tensions in British Mandate Palestine.

Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon #ad - Eric cline draws on these materials to paint a compelling portrait of a bygone age of archaeology. He gives readers an insider's perspective on the debates over what was uncovered at Megiddo, the infighting that roiled the expedition, and the stunning discoveries that transformed our understanding of the ancient world.

Digging up armageddon is the enthralling story of an archaeological site in the interwar years and its remarkable place at the crossroads of history. Digging up armageddon brings to life one of the most important archaeological expeditions ever undertaken, describing the site and what was found there, including discoveries of gold and ivory, and providing an up-close look at the internal workings of a dig in the early years of biblical archaeology.

The chicago team left behind a trove of writings and correspondence spanning more than three decades, from letters and cablegrams to cards, notes, and diaries.