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Monday, August 15, 2011

Unveiling the Kings of Israel Review

Unveiling the Kings of Israel: Revealing the Bible's Archaeological History by David Down is clearly written in an unbiased fashion. Although contemporaries may argue this notion, it seems abundantly clear in the introduction. Down explains that when “Correctly interpreted, the historical records of Egypt and Israel show a remarkable consistency with the Bible records which we can accept as not only inspiring but entirely reliable”. Down uses the statements reliable, significant, clues, does not prove, reference was made, and revealing, throughout the entire book.

Views of monotheism or godly manifestations are never thrown in your face, rather, they are presented to the reader so that they may ponder their significance in the historical record. Down explores the chronological history of Israel’s Kings and the archaeological evidence left to describe their journey throughout history. David Down never states that history should only be based upon the Bible. He only wants the reader to understand that Bible history does have credence. He further explains that archaeological support has to be present to arrive at conclusions about our past.

Unveiling the Kings of Israel guides the reader from the earliest civilization in Ur to the land of the Pharaoh and the New Testament. Yet, there is a significant amount of archaeological evidence throughout the book which details the significance of the find, compared to what details are stated in the Bible. What I did find fascinating is the fact that Down clearly mentions that “There may have been more involved than the Bible record spells out”. This statement, of course, pertains to a marriage involving a Pharaoh and Abram, nonetheless, it carries over throughout the rest of the book.

So what can you expect from Unveiling the Kings of Israel?

Readers will learn more about:
  • The scientific and mathematical advancements in Ur and where those advancements transitioned to and by who.
  • Chronological clues are investigated to determine the birth date of Abram using excerpts from the Bible and the year of Solomon’s accession.
  • A brief explanation of the ship, believed at one point to be Noah’s Ark, discovered in lesser Mount Ararat.
  • Tablets excavated at Nineveh which were written in ancient Assyrian, and later translated by Henry Rowlinson.
  • Thousands of archaeological items stored in museums that have yet to be tested against Bible history.
  • The significance of Petra and its Biblical past.

Final Thoughts on Unveiling the Kings of Israel

This eye opening and provocative assemblage of literary history and effervescent illustrations, creates a book that you just can’t put down. For years to come, this book will be an enduring resource for children, scholars, students, or anyone interested in learning more about biblical archaeology and its place in history.

Unveiling the Kings of Israel was simply a joy to read and review. I was honored to have the opportunity, so thank you to Master Books, a division of the New Leaf Publishing Group.

About David Down

David DownDavid Down is a field archaeologist and an expert in Middle Eastern and Biblical Archaeology. He publishes a monthly archaeology newsletter called Diggings, and the magazine ArchaeologicalDiggings, which is distributed by newsagents throughout Australia. You can also connect with David on his website: Archaeological Diggings. Interview with David Down at Creation.com

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If you would like to read Unveiling the Kings of Israel: Revealing the Bible's Archaeological History, or use it as a resource in your classrooms, pick it up today on Amazon.


Emma Springfield said...

I am putting this book at the top of my list. So much "history" from that time is colored by the author's spiritual beliefs. I will appreciate a more unbiased look.

Emm said...

This book sounds simply fascinating Lauren! I always wondered what degree of consistency the Bible would have with what we could reliably piece together through archaeology and anthropology. Nicely written review, too, I love the box you wrote at the end with the author's details. I think I will follow suit in future.

Rick (Ratty) said...

I like Bible related history when they present reasonable facts so this sounds pretty good.

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