|Plot Summary of The Bible As History|
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Michael JR Jose
|Chapter Analysis of The Bible As History|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- Ancient Roman Era
- 2000-0 BC
- Ancient Egyptian Era
- Bible Time!
History of religion?
- General Christians!
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
From a certain profession/group?
- religious leaders
Intelligence of subject of
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is very moderate
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...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on the people/nation level
How much romance?
- 2 ()
Minor characters feature lots of:
- A handful
- Maps not in sufficient detail
Length of book
- 450 pages+
How much emphasis on small details?
- 6 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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