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The Bible Is History [Hardcover]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.67" Width: 8.07" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2000
Publisher   Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN  0895262509  
EAN  9780895262509  

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The question of whether the Bible contains any element of historical truth has been the cause of one of the most compelling debates of this century. Ian Wilson looks at the latest findings of eminent Biblical archaeologists and scholars in order to gain a crucial perspective on these arguments.

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Ian Wilson studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling "The Blood and the Shroud, Holy Faces, The Columbus Myth, " and "Shakespeare: The Evidence." He lives with his wife in Australia.

Ian Wilson was born in 1941.

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Thought Provoking and Eye Opening For The Layman  Mar 4, 2008
As a born again believer who's had agnostic inclinations due to a personal loss of faith in humanity, including a Baptist Church I attended yet who are just as twisted as Alquada in their "no way but our way" mentality, this book was a breath of fresh air. I thought it provides enough realistic pro/con scenarios and historical info to be thought provoking and at least make me know I am not alone in my search for truth.

The book reads easily and is loaded with full color photos and illustrations. I read this book in just a few days during my spare time. I highly recommend it for anyone who claims to be either a Christian, or Not A Christian... Pretty much everyone should read this, ESPECIALLY those in leadership positions at churches.
The Case for History  Jun 14, 2003
Ian Wilson's new book, 'The Bible Is History', is an important contribution on the side of those who accept and look for historical truth in the Biblical text. Almost half a century ago, Werner Keller put together a text entitled 'The Bible As History', and Wilson states that it is his intention to carry on in that tradition, with updates from recent discoveries.

Write a book on the Bible, and you must expect people to throw rocks at you.

This is particularly true of this kind of book. On the one hand, it comes closer than most academically-acceptable histories of accepting the Bible as an historically accurate text. And yet, almost at the same time, Wilson undercuts the audience which may support his work most enthusiastically by agreeing with archaeologist William Dever, who once remarked that `No archaeologist in his right mind would go searching for the Garden of Eden.'

Wilson explains the source-text theory of the Bible (with sources such as E, J, P, D, possibly others), basic archaeological and geological ideas, and flatly rejects what he terms (several times in the text, in fact) `extreme fundamentalist' views such as the 4004 BC calculation for the date of creation, etc.

Having gotten past the hurdles that would fell many who would read and take this book seriously, he begins to explore the Bible as a primary source, and reconciles much with modern discoveries and interpretations in archaeology, history, and science. For instance, he talks about the recent Black Sea discoveries which may hold keys to massive flooding (as stated in Genesis). He unfortunately omits the discussion of the new satellite data which show a dried riverbed below the sands of the Saudi peninsula which could be a third of the four rivers from Eden (as two rivers mentioned are well known, Tigris and Euphrates, why should the other two be fictional? Ancient writers usually went to great lengths to make accurate markers, and probably are preserving ancient knowledge that they assumed would still be known to future readers.).

His discussion of evidence, and lack thereof, of various contentious points such as the Exodus, the conquest of Canaan, the warfare with the Philistines and the House of David itself, are compelling and interesting, if not entirely convincing.

The text is beautifully illustrated with drawings, pictures, and maps. He provides many useful tidbits throughout the text, like a handy chart which shows the parallel and development of alphabetic and pictogram characters, including Proto-Sinaitic, Byblos tomb script, Moabite stone script, Aramaic, Dead Sea Scroll, Hebrew Bible, and Greek alphabetic script. Wonderful pictures of recent archaeological finds are included; satellite photos of regions are set next to geopolitical maps; all of this is used to support the various parts of the Bible Wilson sets forth.

This book will most likely irritate more than satisfy historians and scholars of all schools of thought, including the minimalists of which Wilson is most likely one. But it is a good read, with a lively style and interesting layout, brief chapters to tantalise and stimulate debate. With equal care for the sanctity of the text and the ever-changing nature of modern evidence, Wilson has given us a good volume for study and reflection. Given the illustrations, it would also make a good `coffee table' book.

Historically plausible  Dec 3, 2002
This book's purpose is to take a look at the historical evidence supporting the Biblical narratives and also takes a fresh look on the various theories wrought with imperfect information that have either advanced or hindered the perspectives many take toward the Bible. Although it is nearly impossible to eliminate preconceived bias, this book does approach the subject as well as anyone ever has. Not only does he advance the plausibility of certain events that have been questioned from a historical perspective, but also challenges some long-standing notions of "proof" for certain events with more practical notions of reality that don't discredit the Bible. This author very clearly challenges the notion of a strictly literal reading in instances yet does so in a non-combatant style. This book does a nice job of leaving out religion per se and focusing on the evidence supporting historical plausibility. If nothing else, to come away from this book and think the Bible is pure fantasy with just smatterings of reality would be irrational.
Good Book For Everyone  Jan 6, 2002
Wilson's text provides a very readable survey of the archaeological and historical evidence that offers confirmation of events and places described in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. The reader does not need to be religious or well-read in Biblical studies to enjoy the unique historical perspectives of this book.
Through a Glass, Darkly  Aug 19, 2001
Ian Wilson is a capable writer, and The Bible is History is a fascinating and balanced account of the historical underpinnings of the Old and New Testaments.

Although Wilson readily concedes that he is a believing Christian, he does not take a "fundamentalist" view of the history of Israel and early Christianity. For him, the Bible's stories were inspired by real people and events--though the details of what truly happened have been garbled by time, trauma and translation.

Wilson describes a number of archaeological finds that support, at least in general terms, the historical accuracy of the Bible. In his rationalist approach, for example, the Flood happened because of the collapse of a natural, prehistoric dam that separated the Mediterranean from the Black Sea; the fall of Jericho was probably caused by an earthquake; and the rise and fall of the Kingdom of Israel was a product of the power politics of the time.

The book is beautifully illustrated, and the author's passion for his subject is palpable. My only quarrel with The Bible is History is that Wilson allows his faith to carry him off a bit in the last chapter. There, he asserts that if the reader isn't persuaded that Jesus Christ is "death-transcending," then "both the Bible and this book have been a waste of time and effort." This is a bit much. Although I remain agnostic, I found Wilson's book to be well worth reading, and I commend it to both the faithful and the skeptical.

For those who enjoy Wilson's work, you might want to know that he will soon release "Before the Flood," which will explore the collapse of an ancient, natural dam that gave rise to the Flood legends of the Middle East. (Ryan & Pittman's Noah's Flood is probably the best treatment to date of this fascinating subject.)


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