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From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible [Hardcover]

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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 19, 2007
Publisher   National Geographic
ISBN  1426200846  
EAN  9781426200847  

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Examines seven mysteries of the Hebrew Bible, from the Garden of Eden and Noah's Ark, to the Exodus, the Babylonian Exile, and the Lost Tribes of Israel, placing these biblical stories in their archaeological and historical context.

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Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, to narrate the history of ancient Israel. Combining the academic rigor that has won the respect of his peers with an accessible style that has made him a favorite with readers and students alike, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidence—from established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faith—and proposes an explanation that reconciles Scripture, science, and history.

Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought some trace of NoahÕs Ark to meet only with failure. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was no myth but the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that JoshuaÕs storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of IsraelÕs sacred trumpets—a fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research.

Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context, debunks more than a few lunatic-fringe fantasies, and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail in this groundbreaking, engrossing, entertaining book by one of the rising stars in the field.
"In a world that turns more and more to irrational views of history, Eric Cline demythologizes the 'mysteries of the Bible.'He does so with the force of reason, using clear language and a perfect command of the ancient records and the finds from the field."
—Israel Finkelstein, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, author of The Bible Unearthed

"Eric Cline explores some of the most challenging mysteries of the Bible, from the location of the mythic Garden of Eden to the historical question of how the Ten Lost Tribes were lost. A stimulating and fluent read throughout, and always instructive."
—Baruch Halpern, Pennsylvania State University, author of David's Secret Demons

"Cline is a serious scholar in full command of the subject matter and the available material evidence for recovering and reconstructing the history of Israel in its ancient Near Eastern context."
—David Noel Freedman, University of California at San Diego, author of The Nine Commandments
Eric H. Cline holds degrees in classical archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, and ancient history, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. A prolific researcher and the prize-winning author of seven books, including The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age, which won a Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award for "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" and was a Main Selection of the Natural Science Book Club. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Eric H. Cline is Associate Director (USA) of the ongoing excavations at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel. He is Associate Professor of Classics and of Anthropology (Ancient History and Archaeology) and Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. His many books include The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); and From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007).

Eric H. Cline has an academic affiliation as follows - George Washington University The George Washington University, USA. Ge.

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History of the Bible  Aug 21, 2007
With "From Eden to Exile", Eric Cline has written a great book that I would like to describe with a sequence of adjectives: beautifully clear, concise, short but all encompassing, understanding of problems with religious readership, based on profound studies, knowledge and experience. If I could I would make this book a "compulsory" reading in many "religious societies".
Eric's DeCline  Aug 4, 2007
As the Michael Sanders frequently mentioned, misquoted and my work mis characterized in this inconsequential book, I must have doubts about the accuracy of the rest of it. It is the type of book that gives scholarship a bad name and a follow up to National Geographic's disastrous foray with Fox Television into "live events". Thank heavens at least the Magazine continues to excel. Lest I be accused of bias, I suggest potential buyers first Google what I really did with NBC television and what actual scholars said about my work.
Scholarly and eminently readable  Jul 1, 2007
In "From Eden to Exile," Eric H. Cline takes several library stacks' worth of biblical, archaeological and enthusiasts' ponderings on the mysteries of the Bible and delivers a highly readable, cogent explanation of their findings. Written in part as a companion piece to National Geographic Channel's television series on the same topics, this is no lightweight transcription of those shows, but rather a scholarly work of merit. Cline's writing is clear, conversational and at times witty as he weighs theories about each of these biblical mysteries against three points of evidence: biblical sources, non-biblical sources and empirical archaeology. Most impressive, however, is that "From Eden to Exile" does not simply present the data; Cline bravely delivers conclusions based on the evidence and his own well-respected expertise in the fields of ancient history and archaeology. Alternative theories by armchair archaeologists and untrained amateurs are given their due where appropriate, but Cline does not hesitate to dash unfounded notions with fact and reason. The reader is left with an unambiguous pronouncement on each of the mysteries addressed; even when the pronouncement is that the data is inconclusive, the reader clearly understands the wherefore and the why. Reading "From Eden to Exile" is like sitting in on a distinguished lecture series about the most enduring biblical and archaeological questions of the modern era.
Methodology is all important  Jun 27, 2007
The single most valuable item for me is the author's explanation of the scholarly processes or methodologies which are needed to undertake any investigation. Wrong premises or presuppositions can result in wrong-headed conclusions. Cline explains these scholarly methodologies and uses them in his investigations. Subjects he adresses are: (1) The Garden of Eden; (2) Noah's Ark and the Flood; (3) Sodom and Gomorrah's location; (4)The dating of the Exodus; (5) The Fall of Jericho; (6) The Ark of the Covenant; (7) The Lost Tribes of Israel. Each of the seven has its own "problems" and he carefully notes them and attempts to come to grips with them. Are we dealing with truth or fiction? How to determine which? The book is an engrossing read and its scholarly methodologies ought to be helpful to all who are interested in these subjects.

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