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The Bible as History

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  328 ratings  ·  38 reviews
First published in 1955, this book has remained thru its revisions a standard text on biblical investigation. Readers all over the world have been captivated by the descriptions of excavations, the deciphering of ancient documents & the informed arguments concerning the reliability of the bible. Since the 1st revised edition in 1964, however, new techniques have brough ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published 1955)
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Take into account that this book was published in 1956 and was written by a German author who was neither archeologist nor historian. The author's intent was to demonstrate through current (at the time) archeological and other information that the Holy Bible is in fact historical. It was sometimes dull and sometimes fascinating. In any case, a student of the Bible, and especially of the Old Testament, will find the book intriguing. Putting many Old Testament stories and prophets in chronological ...more
Chuck Engelhardt
This was an excellent choice for me. It was refreshing to read a book examining the Bible, written by an unbeliever, yet treating treating it with respect. Too often, challenges today are presented with so much scorn that they fail to present reasoned arguments or recognize that intelligent people find the Bible reliable. Warner is not afraid to say that in certain cases the Bible appears to differ from the archealogical evidence, but he does so with evidence and respect. The finds he discusses ...more
Seth Hanson
I liked this book but didn't love it. I think the author jumps to some unwarranted conclusions and perhaps exaggerates and embellishes the evidence a bit from time to time. But nevertheless, it does my soul good to know that at least many of the people, places, and things mentioned in the Bible can indeed be verified 100% through modern day archeology. In fact, many of the findings simply cannot be disputed. The truth is like that and I find it very refreshing. I'm still waiting for the book ent ...more
Aaron Meyer
For an interesting look into the history of the bible as proven by archaeology this book should be on your short list. The majority of the book deals with the Old Testament, but there is a decent sized section on the New Testament. Some of the finds really make the words of the bible much more understandable. I recommend it to everybody who asks me about history and the bible, and desire a good introduction to the subject.
Not much to say about this book except that the title is totally misleading as is the book description. Even back then when I was still somewhat wet behind the ears I noticed immediately that the title doesn't fit at all and the book is not what its claimed to be. The book simply finds explanations for certain events described in the Bible, e.g. the sugary "bread" in Exodus is simply sugar produced by lice, which of course do not stop producing simply because its the 7th day of the week. Also th ...more
This is such a good book! It takes you through a great deal of modern archaeology as related to the Bible. A wonderful read!
The amazing thing is this is a translation from german and yet is still compulsively readable. Fascinating stuff!
It seems to be almost a rule today that Biblical scholars assign a degree of fiction to the narratives outlined in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. It makes sense to a degree. Who ever heard of the Philistines, the Moabites, the Edomites, the Amalekites, and where do we read about the great defeat of Pharoah's army in the annals of Ancient Egypt? In this very readable work, Werner Keller takes a look at the Old Testament narrative, and even some of the New Testament chronicles, and ex ...more
Cesar Gil
At the time it was published, little was thought of the bible as more than a collection of symbolic stories with some symbolic meaning. The number of discoveries made helped confirm much of what the bible said, although many of the author's explanations are rather disappoint eg, the supposed global flood was little more than a regional flood, albeit extensive. Some other explanations are a forced match, though concrete in their real findings but requiring a lot of flexibility and interpretation ...more
Gerry Haines
In terms of a factual book, looking at one of the great treasures of the Western World, this is a must read. there are those who insist that there must be a 'rational explanation' to everything they meet in Scripture, and those who feel that ' rational explanations devalue the their faith in a miracle working God.

This book attempts to show what historians and archaeologists have discovered about the places and times that the Bible stories we all know were set in. It is not attempting to discredi
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 06, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jillian (when she is older to bear reading longer non-fiction)
Recommended to K.D. by: Kuya Simon
Shelves: religion, gift-book
As the title implies, the purpose of this book is to prove that The Bible is not fiction. Rather, it is historical and the book really succeeded in proving that. The Old Testament part (which is 2/3 of the book) is quite confusing because it covers several generations of prophets, kings, etc. However, the New Testament was a breeze. I think it could have been an easier read if the reader is very familiar with the Old Testament. This book is one that I will remember for the rest of my life and th ...more
I liked this book a lot. It was easy to read without dumbing down the information. I also liked that the author doesn't spend time trying to justify discrepancies in things, just stated the information, how some historical accounts didn't fit with Biblical accounts, and left it at that.
Leanne Britt
Jul 11, 2012 Leanne Britt is currently reading it
I found this on my boyfriend's parent's book shelf. I love archaeology and would like to know more about biblical times...seemed the perfect read. Not exactly a page turner, but definitely interesting so far. I will probably take a while to finish this book.
Margo Johnson
This book offers a look at the times and events of the Bible with a historical perspective. It is well-written and fascinating. Definitely worth a second read.
Used this for a research paper. Good and solid, with gobs of information.
The light shed by archaeology on the veracity of the Bible.
I wanted to get some historical background before I undertook reading the Bible cover to cover this year. I don't even know how I acquired this book, but I am so glad I did! I am completely drawn in to Keller's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of Biblical history and archaeology. I am searching for other works he may have written, because of his writing style and thoroughness! The way he was able to bring to life the peoples, customs, and cities that are mentioned or existed during the time of ...more
Steven Peterson
This is a pretty good read. The author covers a great amount of territory to explore the extent to which there is historical evidence to bolster Biblical text. The author, in his "Introduction," notes that "In Palestine, places and towns which are frequently mentioned in the Bible are being brought back once more into the light of day. They look exactly as the Bible describes them and lie exactly where the Bible locates them." He concludes his introduction with the statement that, after poring o ...more
I've only read about 50 pages of this book because I needed to research something but I really want to go back and finish at some time. It is written so well and is so easy to read. He pulls together religious as well as secular sources to piece together exactly what happened. It's fascinating reading.
The book is informative and interesting, but at times a bit dry. Plus, the sentence structure is often confusing. (You know how in your head you can usually figure out the sentence structure, so you know when the action of the sentence is coming, and you know the rest are adjectives and nouns leading up to or describing the action? Yeah, not so much with this one. Plus, proper punctuation would be a GREAT thing to have. Not that the book is missing periods, but there are times when a comma is us ...more
So if you didn't know that some of the books of the Old Testament were historical, this would be a way to open your eyes. Still it's interesting to hear just how much can be verified and especially as written history comes into play, to hear the reports of others on the scene. You'll become much more familiar with the leaders of the ancient near east and how they interacted with one another. Glad I read it.
Amazing book.. must for any history enthusiasts..Does amazing non biased comparative studies of what was happening at other cultures and what was written on their history and explains the incidences of bible. Amazing book..
James Violand
Jun 30, 2014 James Violand rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: religiously inclined
Shelves: own
A typical subjective historical work based upon scripture. That is not dismissive of this book. Keller does attempt objectivity, but when faith dictates discretion, objectivity becomes questionable.
I read this book many years ago when I was in university. It was inspirational to learn of so many artifacts and sites that confirmed the Bible as true. I want to re-read this book.
Christine Nicole
"From the fact that there is change we may conclude that there is an Absolute Being whose nature is unchangeable." How the fuck so? The ancient history portion is interesting but his section on Genesis is not only completely out of date, he gives no coherent or cohesive evidence to sustain his claims. And the whole Jesus discussion is saturated with piss-poor, inconclusive data. Someone needs to rewrite this every half-century from top to bottom, and it is long overdue.
I really enjoyed the lessons in history in conjunction with great archaeological discoveries. I guess if I had to sum up the mantra of this book it would be that archaeology findings are in direct line with the history of civilizations of the Old and New Testament. The one annoying part about the book is that although the author, Werner Keller, often points out the authenticity of the Bible, he feels a need to explain away how each miracle in the scriptures was caused by a natural phenomenon. Al ...more
Larry Wegman
Sep 03, 2015 Larry Wegman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Larry by: Joe Lambert
Archaeological eveidences for the validation of Scripture, as far as what had been found by 1957 goes.
Semih Kiziltaş
Certainly an important resource to be read.
This book was quite interesting and easy to follow. I'm very interested in the history of the world during the time that the Bible is relaying. This book and others are helping me to understand. This book was more about proving that the events in the Bible happened. It was amazing to me that there is so much physical evidence to support the events told in the Bible. I think I liked the ending the best. The new Israelites used to Bible to tell them what crops to grow and where to find water. How ...more
Jun 11, 2008 N added it
I'm marking this read only because there's no "I started it and can't believe this is actually a book and I couldn't take it anymore." Maybe it's just because I've read so much academic stuff, but this, I believe, is supposed to be very academic and contains not a single citation. And when the author speaks of these excavations (over a few hundred years) as though he was present, it's kind of fishy. So I chose to waste my time with it no longer. On to the next book...
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