- Paperback: 429 pages
- Publisher: Hodder; First THUS edition (1 Jan. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034000312X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340003121
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,629,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bible as History Paperback – 1 Jan 1974
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Keller outlines the historical backdrop to the Biblical narrative , while providing fascinating archaeological and historical evidence to prove that 'The Bible is right after all!', as the author writes in the introduction.
For those who claim that the book is discredited by how long ago it was written , the passage of time since then has strenghtned , not weakened the case for the Bible as history.
Part of the evidence presented by Keller includes Egyptian narratives that speak of similar events to those in the Exodus and Babylonian narratives that speak of similar events to those in the Bible narrative.
Keller writes of a Mesopotamian story about a baby in the bullrushes , and go's throught the plagues of Egypt describing how each one of them , with the exception of the death of the firstborn , is born out by phenomena in Egypt-each plague has a parrallel seen in Egypt.
Further the author explores the phenomenon of manna in the desert , and how it has been collected in the Sinai by later explorers.
The age of Solomon and the biography of Cyrus the Great are explored.
It is interesting that in the Persian records Cyrus was to be killed as a baby on order of his grandfather but the would be executor had no heart for the deed.
Could the Allmighty have spared Cyrus for the task of letting the Jews return to Israel and rebuild Jerusalem
The book go's up the destruction of Jerusalem in 66 CE , before exploring various scientific phenomenon , which go to prove the truth of the Bible.
Interestingly gardeners and workers sometimes still find medallions with Roman descriptions in the soil of Israel today.
This book is a good primer to the subsequent works of this nature.
Religious beliefs were not part of why I bought it.
It was a bit hard going and there were times when it was repetitive but overall it was very much of an eye opener regarding the historical times of events.
A book of excellent scholarship and hard work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good old classic and worth reading. A great reference book a needs to be in the book casePublished on 20 Jan. 2014 by Paul J. Collier
This book is full of outright lies and nonsense. As an archaeologist, the misinterpretations seemed obvious. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 1999
The book offers logical explanations to many of the phenomena occuring in the bible. The authors style of writing also adds to this marvelous attempt to explain the bible as a... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 1998