In this provocative yet persuasive book, Eric H. Cline uses the tools of his trade to examine some of the most puzzling mysteries from the Hebrew Bible and, in the process, narrates the history of ancient Israel. With a style that is both academic and accessible, he lays out each mystery, evaluates all available evidencefrom established fact to arguable assumption to far-fetched leap of faithand proposes an explanation that reconciles scripture, science, and history.
Numerous amateur archaeologists have sought in vain for some trace of Noah's Ark. But, though no serious scholar would undertake such a literal search, many agree that the Flood was the cultural memory of a real, catastrophic inundation, retold and reshaped over countless generations. Likewise, some experts suggest that Joshua's storied victory at Jericho is the distant echo of an earthquake instead of Israel's sacred trumpetsa fascinating, geologically plausible theory that remains unproven despite the best efforts of scientific research.
Cline places these and other Biblical stories in solid archaeological and historical context and reserves judgment on ideas that cannot yet be confirmed or denied. Along the way, our most informed understanding of ancient Israel comes alive with dramatic but accurate detail.
Eric H. Cline holds degrees in classical archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, and ancient history, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. A prolific researcher, Cline is the prize-winning author of seven books, including The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age, which won a Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award for "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" and was a Main Selection of the Natural Science Book Club. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
"Cline's book is easy to read, as well as being authoritative."Dallas Morning News
"A brisk trip through some of the great mysteries of biblical history persuasive arguments An accessibly written introduction that will likely prompt readers to dig deeper."Booklist
"Archaeologist Cline takes us on an enjoyable journey of discovery."Catholic Digest
"If you want a hand on the heart honest review of what is scientifically known about the greatest mysteries of the Bible, then the handy and accessible From Eden to Exile is for you."Minerva Magazine