A comparative bible study. Too scholar. The recurring narrative format gets boring by the middle of the book. Some interesting views but at the end of the day another collection of opinions from other books.
This is a rather short book about seven interesting enigmas in the Bible and how they stand up to modern science, especially archeology. It is written by an expert in archeology, Eric H.Cline who has written several other interesting books about ancient times.
The Book starts with the question about the Garden of Eden and then moves on through; Noah's Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses and the Exodus, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, The Ark of the Covenant and finally The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.
The Aim of the book is to present where science stands today (or rather in 2007 when the book was published) in the work on trying to prove if what is presented in the Bible are historical facts or something else. It is important to keep in mind that the absence of historical facts does not in all cases lead to the conclusion that the Bible is wrong but just that we so far can not prove that it is right. But in some other cases we can actually say it is wrong.
The Author goes through in short what the bible states and then he dissects this into parts that can be verified by archeology or other means. He also brings up a number of theories that have been put forward by other than scientist and dissects them too.
Even if this is a short book, 200+ pages, he manages to clear up what we know today and what is not known as well as what is wrong. This is the strength of the book. You get a platform for further studies, you will get to know what our scientists are looking for today and you will save money since you do not need to read all those popular books written by numerous non-scientists for a number of various reasons. Eric H.Cline is not afraid to undress a lot of what has been written and to bring order into this field of study.
The Book is written for the general public and in a very easy and impressive way. A very interesting read and well worth the effort to study.