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Werner Keller's justly famous ten million copy bestseller was first published in 1955 and lightly revised in a 1980 second edition. His informed-but-not-stuffy approach to the history and archaeology of the Old and New Testaments of the bible have deservedly made this book popular in the best sense. He devotes twenty-eight chapters to the OT, ten good chapters to the NT, and six to the period between. He covers some exciting discoveries which are little recounted now, such as T.J. Wood's heroic recovery of the scene of the riot caused by Paul in Ephesus at the Temple of Artemis. Although the book is necessarily dated now (eg, he thinks Abraham could not have possessed camels - but science has moved some dates back), it is still packed with information, excellent value, and a good read.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   Ancient Roman Era    -   2000-0 BC    -   Ancient Egyptian Era    -   Bible Time! History of religion?    -   Yes Religion?    -   General Christians!

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Jews! Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   religious leaders Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Greece    -   Turkey Africa    -   Yes Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Israel    -   Syria If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   2 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Maps not in sufficient detail Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   6 ()

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