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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.

Finegan, 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 Society, 1992.

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.

 check.gif (157 bytes) Mazar, Amihai. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (10,000 -586 B.C.E.). New York, NY: Doubleday, 1990.

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.

checkanimated.gif (920 bytes)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.

Sailhamer, 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, 1988.

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.

 check.gif (157 bytes) Stark, 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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