Amarks titles we suggest you
certainly add to your personal
library. A are additional items
you might want to check out.
Students of the Bible and biblical archaeology usually find
that owning some of their own reference materials to be helpful. Public
libraries and most academic libraries seldom have extensive collections in
biblical archaeology which can be frustrating when one is in the middle of a
research paper with a fixed due date. Our collection has been growing for
over 40 years and we preciously hold on to every volume. In any case, if you
are undertaking some research in this discipline we suggest you consider the
works below as basic.
Aharoni, Yohanan, et al. The Macmillan Bible Atlas, 3rd
edition New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993.
This atlas, which depicts the vast panorama of events spanning the years 3000
B.C.E. to C.E. 200, brings the latest findings of biblical, historical, and archaeological
research to a comprehensive cartographic portrayal of biblical history.
Dever, William G. and H. Darrell
Lance, eds. A Manual of Field Excavation. Cincinnati, New York, NY; Los Angeles,
CA; Jerusalem, Israel: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1982.
A handbook covering practical excavation procedures based upon the authors
experiences with the problems encountered specifically at Bronze and Iron Age sites of
ancient Palestine (principally modern Israel and Jordan).
Dixon, D. Bruce. Ancient Preludes. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN:
West Publishing Company, 1993.
A discussion of world prehistory from the perspectives of archaeology, geology,
and paleoecology with chapters dealing with the scientific study of the past particularly
relevant to biblical archaeology.
Dowley, Tim, ed. Discovering the Bible: Archaeologists Look at
Scriptures. London, UK and Grand Rapids, MI: Marshall Pickering/Eerdmans, 1986.
This easy-to-read volume explores the results of recent archaeological finds as
they illuminate the background of the Bible.
Finkelstein, Israel. The Archaeology of the Israelite
Settlement. Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Exploration Society, 1988.
The results of excavations and surveys and the Land of Ephraim regional project,
the national culture of the settlement period, and the nature of the settlement process
from chronological, demographic, and historical perspectives.
Jack. The Archaeology of the New Testament. Rev. edition. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press, 1992.
An illustrated presentation of information about the chief sites and monuments
connected with the life of Jesus and the history of the early church.
Kempinski, Aaron and Ronny Reich,
eds. The Architecture of Ancient Israel. Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Exploration
A comprehensive study of ancient architecture in Israel from its remote
beginnings during the Mesolithic Age to the Persian Period aiming to provide an up-to-date
outline of the ancient architecture of Israel in a chronological sequence and to serve as
a guide to the vast body of information and data scattered in the scientific literature.
Levy, Thomas, ed. The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land.
New York, NY: Facts on File, 1995.
An up-to-date, comprehensive survey of archaeological and historical evidence in
the Levant from the appearance of the earliest human to the present.
Amihai. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (10,000 -586 B.C.E.). New York, NY:
A thorough summary of the archaeological research of Palestine relating to the
Old Testament period beginning with a survey of the earliest permanent settlements and
concluding with the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians.
Merrill, Eugene H. Kingdom of Priests. Grand Rapids, MI:
Baker Book House, 1987.
A text purposed to understand the history of Israel as an integration of
political, social, economic, and religious factors using not only the Hebrew Scriptures
but other literary and archaeological sources concerning the region as well.
Murphy-O'Connor. The Holy Land.
4th edition. Oxford, UK; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Coverage of all the main sites in the city of Jerusalem and throughout the Holy
Land. 150 high-quality site plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs. Alphabetical list of
sites in the Holy Land. Star ratings to help one prioritize a visit.
Negev, Avraham, ed. The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy
Land, 3rd edition. New York, NY: Prentice-Hall, 1990.
A one-volume reference to the ancient lands of the Bible spanning ten millennia,
from earliest civilization to the Arab conquest, integrating scientific discovery, and
literary and religious tradition.
John H. Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account.
Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1996.
Pointing to answers found in the first two
chapters of Genesis, Sailhamer presents a credible, scripture-supported, and
much-needed explanation that opens the door to reconciliation of biblical and
scientific world views. This work prposes a new understanding of the opening
chapters of the Bible, revealing how centuries-old misunderstandings have
continued to shape popular biblical interpretation-as well as greatly
contributing to unnecessary conflicts between the Bible and science.
Shanks, Hershel, ed. Ancient Israel: A Short History from
Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall,
A short history of ancient Israel, drawing from authoritative scholarship in near
eastern history and biblical archaeology, from its patriarchal beginnings to C.E. 70 when
the Romans burned Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple.
Rodney. The Rise of Christianity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Stark brings a sociologist's perspective to bear on the circumstances of the
growth of early Christianity. He plots growth curves and proposes several hypotheses he
proceeds to test. He argues that Jews made up large numbers of the early church well into
the second century. This book may have a profound impart on the way future scholars look
at early Christianity.
Stern, Ephraim, ed. The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological
Excavations in the Holy Land. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
A comprehensive multi-volume work, with a chronological scope ranging from the
dawn of human creativity to the Ottoman Period, covering the breadth and depth of the
history of the Holy Land.
Van Der Woude, A.S., ed. The Word of the Bible.
London, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1986.
A detailed, compact, current, and authoritative reference work devoted to the
geography, archaeology, languages, and history, and institutions of the Bible.
Volkmar, Fritz. An Introduction to Biblical Archaeology.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series. No. 172. Sheffield, UK:
Sheffield Academic Press, 1994.
An introduction to the field of biblical archaeology designed to expose the
reader to a middle of the road orientation in its scholarly discussion.
Wachsmann, Shelley. The Sea of Galilee Boat: An
Extraordinary 2000 Year Old Discovery. New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1995.
The story of the important discovery of the Galilee boat. A detailed account of
the discovery, rescue, preservation, and explanation of the boat's significance.
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