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Old 02-07-2001, 03:21 PM   #1
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" _The Bible Unearthed_ is the latest salvo fired in a pitched battle between those who consider the Old Testament to contain plenty of reliable historical facts, and those who, at the opposite extreme, say it's pure mythology. The debate reached the general population of Israel, sending what one journalist called a "shiver" down the nation's "collective spine," in late 1999, when another archaeologist from Tel Aviv University, Ze'ev Herzog, wrote a cover story for the weekend magazine of the national daily newspaper, Ha'aretz. In the essay, Herzog laid out many of the theories Finkelstein and Silberman present in their book: "the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land [of Canaan] in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is the fact that the united kingdom of David and Solomon, described in the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom." The new theories envision this modest chiefdom as based in a Jerusalem that was essentially a cow town, not the glorious capital of an empire."

Old 02-07-2001, 03:23 PM   #2
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Beat'cha to it, M.


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Old 02-07-2001, 03:43 PM   #3
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Derp! I thought I looked through to see if it was commented on yet, but I missed it!

Old 02-07-2001, 05:20 PM   #4
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Flavius Josephus has been telling those with
"pesher" knowledge this very same thing for

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