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This book contains much valuable archeological information shedding much light on the events of the Bible. The author is to be praised for accepting the Bible as fact. In fact, the Bible is the most reliable record of ancient times, written by the most truthful people ever to live (the Israelite prophets), under Divine direction. Additionally, the events were also always known as true by the clear traditions of the Jewish people. However, the author unfortunately does not accept the Bible in all its accounts. For example, he claims that certain societies and cities were thousands of years old by the times of Abraham, while the Bible teaches that this cannot be the case as all civilisation was destroyed in the Flood, and Abraham was born less than 300 years after the flood. All relevant archeological findings need to be interpreted accordingly. Also, he brings support for a 'late Exodus', which we know cannot be the case because Solomon built the Temple 480 years after the Exodus, and it also does not fit well with the findings of the walls of Jericho, which clearly sunk during the Israelite conquest.
Furthermore, the book contains huge sections about Jesus and the New Testament, something that is of no interest to myself or to many other students of Biblical archaeology. To make the book interesting to a wider readership, I would suggest that he leaves out this section in future editions and instead publishes it in a separate volume for those interested in the subject.