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Ancient Civilizations
  • Author:
    Hershel Shanks
  • ISBN:
    096130894X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0961308940
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    Biblical Archaeology Society (1988)
  • Pages:
    267 pages
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    Ancient Civilizations
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Immensely readable and digestible in just a few sittings, this book examines the complete history of ancient Israelfrom Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 . Offers highest-quality authorship from respected leaders in their fields. Provides numerous color and black-and-white photos, maps, charts, and timelines.

It covers ancient Israel from its beginnings (a rather murky past) until the destruction of the second temple in .  . 70. Where the history is not well-established, the author presents the different theories and the evidence (biblical and extra-biblical) behind them. I'm using it to elucidate my study of the Old Testament, and it's been hugely helpful. What additional detail can we gain by recourse to the archeological record? Can it be used to help us better understand of the motivations and life styles of the Bible's writers or its actors? For the faithful of course, no recourse to an independent archeological record is necessary.

This praise does not mean complete agreement with everything that appears in the pages of this volume.

Shanks, Hershel ed. Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Desctruction of the Temple. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1999. xxiii + 356 pp. Hardback. This praise does not mean complete agreement with everything that appears in the pages of this volume.

January 1989 · Journal of Near Eastern Studies.

July 1975 · Interpretation- Journal of Bible and Theology. January 1989 · Journal of Near Eastern Studies.

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Hershel Shanks (born March 8, 1930 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States) is the American founder of the Biblical Archaeology . Ancient Israel: A Short History from Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society.

For more than forty years, Shanks has communicated the world of biblical archaeology to general readers by magazines, books, and conferences.

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Immensely readable and digestible in just a few sittings, this book examines the complete history of ancient Israel-from Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 .

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Ancient Israel: A short history from Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Temple.

Grinin
By the time I finished the first chapter, I was already convinced of the quality and depth of this book, which has far surpassed other historical-archaeological books that I have read concerning this background of Israel. It is written by a diverse group of eight archaeologists or professors, who are extremely well versed of the knowledge of what they speak. Even the editor is sufficiently qualified to write on the subject matter; not an easy task for any contributor to a book, but in this case it adds credence to the depth and dimension of the subject in addition to the other authors. It is not written in a style that the average person cannot understand; quite the contrary--it is written in a style that anyone can understand--from a new Bible student to one who has been studying for years.

I am not sure if there is a more recent edition (this one is from 1988), but if not this should be of great assistance to any Bible student, pastor or teacher. I think the only other "helps" book that a person would need as a companion book to this one is a Bible book of ancient maps, so that one can follow the path from the days of "Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Temple."

After another few hours, I was completely convinced that this book excels far and above the others in my personal library. Without hesitation, I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants an historical-archaeological book.
Ginaun
It was good but was more details than I expected
Goodman
Can't remember buying this
Fiarynara
There are two broad audiences for histories of the Old Testament period in Israel: those who want to know the archaeology and those who want to know the history as it is depicted in the Bible. Now, there are a wide range of books for those audiences. Some take a delight in debunking the Bible, while others are respectful of it while presenting honest archaeology, while others ignore archaeology (or make very selective use of it) and discuss only what is in the Bible. This book is in the middle category. The editor and the various authors clearly do not regard the history of Israel as presented in the Bible as authoritative or terribly accurate. They do not go out of their way to attack the Bible, but use it as a only a small part of a larger scientific framework of examining Israel's history.

As a believer in the Bible, I would like to reassure those who still would like to know what archaeology has to say, that they can read this book and not lose their faith. Not because the book doesn't challenge some of the beliefs readers of the Bible might have, but because faith and science measure and discuss different things. In my view, knowing what honest examination of history tells us can enrich what we know from the Bible. We also don't need to worry about what God has told his prophets because of what someone without faith has thought up. We can consider and examine everything without having to set our faith aside. Ignoring history out of fear is, I believe, more damaging and a poor witness of our faith.

This book covers the period from the time of Abraham through the destruction of the second temple by the Romans. The period from the Greeks through the Romans is not covered in the King James Bible, so for those unfamiliar with the gap of several centuries from Malachi to the opening of the New Testament, this book is particularly helpful.

You will find this book to be readable, balanced, thoughtful, and informative. There are many useful pictures, diagrams, maps, and footnotes. I found the discussion the range of thought about historical events and how some theories were developed and why discovery favors some approaches over others to be fascinating. I am glad that I have this on my library shelf.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI