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The Bible as History Paperback – 1 Jan 1980

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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; 2d Revised ed Bantam Revised ed edition (1 Jan. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553279432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553279436
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,867,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Werner Keller (1909-1980) was a German civil servant, journalist, and anti-Nazi resistance fighter. In 1955 he published The Bible as History, his best-known book, which correlated the text of the Bible with the results of archaeological diggings in the Middle East, and has been translated into more than 20 languages and updated in two revised editions. He is also the author of The Etruscans. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The edition I acquired suffers from dire reprographics and unattractive layout. The text was not much better and equally of its time. This poorly printed and badly set out volume was not what I had hoped for.
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Bought this to replace my old one which was beyond repair.
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The media like to promote the idea that science has disproved the Bible. Werner Keller, in a most readable way, reviews the finds of archaeologists over the past century , showing that their work support the Biblical accounts.

To give two examples only, the Hittites - unknown to the historians - were found to be a once powerful empire, just as the Bible records. An inscription excavated in Corinth confirms that Gallio was the proconsul of Achaia (in AD 51) as stated in Acts.

Keller throws light on a number of events. For example, 'manna', which fed the Israelites in the desert, can be purchased today - it is the secretion of the tamarisk tree. It has to be collected early in the morning before ants devour it.
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By A Customer on 12 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Bible as History sadly avoids the face value claims of the text in an attempt to demythologize the events of history. All supernatural elemants are reduced to natural phenomena. In an attempt to defend the Bible as historical the author removes God and the miracles which are central to the claims of the text. The removing the supernatural leaves a storyline which fails to be either internally or externally consistent. Case in point, Moses and the burning bush. Keller describes a mideastern plant which secrets oil. He then suggests Moses probably saw such a plant which had caught fire enabling the bush to burn without being consumed as the Exodus story claims. Unfortunately this naturalized version does not explain why Moses, a man wanted for murder in Egypt , would suddenly return.
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This is an excellent archaeological view of the Bible. The author compares archaeological data and other ancient writings with the Bible and notes the eerie agreement between accounts. While the author readily shows when various accounts disagree, this book tends to support the historical accuracy of the Bible. This is a very good suplement to the Bible.
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By A Customer on 8 Oct. 1998
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Intelligent, revealing, and as fun to read as an archeological mystery novel .. this is a must for anyone regardless of one's religious standpoint, for this "novel" deals with reality, not metaphysics. It is one of the most enjoyable books in my library.
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