This is a fascinating exploration of the most influential collection of writings in Western history. By placing the events and people described in the Bible into their social and geographical context, it seeks to provide new insights into the scriptures and illuminate a truly significant period in the development of Western civilization.
The book begins by looking at the early history of the Near East, showing how climatic and geographic factors helped to shape the distribution and development of human populations in the region. Then it follows with chapters on the archaeology and history of the Bible, explaining the different texts that make up the Bible and detailing the important archaeological finds that have shed light on these ancient writings. With the scene set, the book proceeds to explore the historical background of many of the key events and people described in the Bible. There are chapters on the Exodus, Solomon, King David, the prophet Elijah, Jesus's birth, ministry, and death, and much more. It ends with a look at the holy land today and a timeline showing the key events that shaped the region.
The authoritative, engrossing text is accompanied throughout with quotes from the Bible, showing the link between the historical events described and the scriptures. There are 100 beautifully detailed maps illustrating the movements of people and the development of nations, and there are over 100 color photographs and illustrations of archaeological sites and artifacts.
This is a comprehensive account of what is undoubtedly the key book in the development of Western civilization. As such, it is sure to be of great interest to believers and non-believers alike.
Dr. Ian Barnes is Head of the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Derby, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, England; the University of Stockholm, Sweden; and the London School of Economics (University of London). He has also been a United States Information Agency Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has authored numerous articles on European history and has written The Historical Atlas of Asia, The Historical Atlas of Europe, and The Historical Atlas of the American Revolution.