• The Modern Scholar

  • The History of Ancient Israel: From the Patriarchs Through the Romans
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Eric H. Cline
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-27-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.2 (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Israel conjures up myriad associations for peoples of all cultures and religious backgrounds. Inextricably associated with the world's three most prominent religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Israel is steeped in history and conflict, much of which is known through the tales of biblical figures such as Moses, David, Solomon, and, of course, Jesus Christ.But how much of the Bible can be relied upon as accurate history? And how much of the biblical record can be verified through archaeology? Esteemed professor, researcher, and author Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University addresses these and other questions in this fascinating series of lectures.
©2006 Eric H. Cline; (P)2006 Recorded Books
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By Chris on 07-07-11

Religious Beliefs and History to Intertwine as One

I was really excited to hear this lecture because so often historians can easily discount the religions and religions can dismiss history. This book was a great middle view that covered the facts but didn't discount religious beliefs! It was great!

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By nj on 10-13-11

A great, yet brief survey of Ancient Jewish histor

This was a very accessible, and easy to follow lecture series. It is very nice that audible includes a link to download the course guide.

The author is knowledgeable. He presents a balanced story that neither wholeheartedly endorses, nor completely rejects any religious traditions. He simply relates what is verifiable, and what some of the major competing ideas are regarding specific events or persons.

He clearly establishes his criterion for accepting stories from ancient texts as historically verifiable. He wants to have three independent sources before he is comfortable with accepting something as an historical fact.

I wish there were more lectures. I will listen to these lectures multiple times. They are informative and interesting to any would-be scholar regardless of individual ideologies and beliefs.

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By 1234 on 05-27-11

bringing ancient traditions to reality

This is great for anyone that has ever wondered how much evidence we have about some of the biblical characters and stories we are familiar with. I found it fascinating for example that we have zero archeological evidence that Moses and Abraham ever existed, while David and Jesus are more evident. As the author points out, the lack of evidence may be a sign that archaeologists just need to keep digging! I'd recommend this book, a long with Jerusalem: the contested city, by Frank Peters as a perfect accompaniment.

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By The Kinsella Bunch on 08-06-15

informative and entertaining.

it would be wrong for me to give this lecture series any less than 5 stars simply because it makes me a little uneasy. the information was well presented, scholarly and interesting. I recommend it. It will make conservative Christians uneasy however as the lecturer assumes a rather liberal position in regards to Biblical history.

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