Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations

9780857216977: Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations

A complete overview of the history and findings of biblical archaeology, "Bible Archaeology" draws together the archaeological research into the principal sites in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine, Persia, Anatolia, Greece, and Italy. Hoerth and McRay explore the histories, cultures, and social forces of these early civilizations, using full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams to walk you through the various archaeological digs.

This volume enables the reader to place the biblical narratives firmly in their historical context and cultural setting. The authoritative but accessible text brings familiar Bible characters brilliantly to life.

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How would your faith change if you knew about the history and culture in which the Bible was written?

For years archaeologists have been excavating historical sites to recover a better understanding of early civilizations. Their discoveries have given us insight on how, where, and why our essential religious beliefs came to be. Now Alfred Hoerth and John McRay offer you the opportunity to experience these early cultures for yourself.

An informative and engaging introduction to biblical archaeology, this accessible book explores the histories, cultures, and social forces of the earliest civilizations. Full-color maps, photographs, and diagrams walk you through archaeological digs, including those in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine. The knowledge gained through these excavations will give you insight into the historical context and cultural setting of the biblical narratives. The result is a compelling look at the biblical text that allows you to see and truly experience the life and work of such godly men as Abraham and Moses, as well as Jesus and his disciples.

Alfred Hoerth is the former director of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he taught for almost thirty years. He is the author of Archaeology and the Old Testament, coeditor of Peoples of the Old Testament, and has participated in numerous archaeological excavations.

John McRay (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School and the author of Archaeology and the New Testament and Paul: His Life and Teaching.

About the Author:

Alfred Hoerth is former director of Archaeology at Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois. He is also author, coauthor, or coeditor of various resources, including Archaeology and the Old Testament, Bible Archeology, and Peoples of the Old Testament.

John McRay is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Wheaton College, Ill. In the course of a long and distinguished career Professor McRay has supervised many excavations in Israel, has acted as a consultant on a variety of media projects, has held senior posts in the field of biblical archaeology, and has written extensively. He is author of several books including Archaeology of the New Testament and Paul, His Life and Teaching.

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