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  • By Steven H Propp on June 17, 2010

    Clifford A. Wilson is an Australian researcher and writer (his Ph.D. is in Educational Psychology), who also served in Israel with the American Schools of Oriental Research. His main interests are archaeology and apologetics, and he has written some of the most devastating critiques of Erich von Daniken (author of numerous books such as Chariots of the Gods), for example (see Wilson's Crash Go the Chariots,The Chariots Still Crash and War Of The Chariots : Wilson & vonDäniken Debate UFO's and Life in Outer Space), in which he holds a public debate with Von Daniken).Archaeology is one of his major interests, however. (He once edited/published a small quarterly periodical called "Bible and Spade.") He states in the "Abstract" to this 1977 book, "The basic question is: Can the biblical documents be regarded as historically reliable? The past century has been extremely rich in archaeological research of ancient Israel and her neighbors in the Near East. Much information has come to light touching on biblical history, both validating and enlarging the view of life in the ancient world as pictured in the Bible."Concerning the evidence for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, he writes, "Although natural cause seems to be indicated by the heat-fused rock and bitumenous pitch, such natural means are in no way incompatible with the bibical explanation of God's judgment."Concerning the Book of Daniel, he says, "There are other evidences of eyewitness recording by Daniel. That he knew Nebuchadezzar rebuilt Babylon (Dan 4:30) is a problem by those who argue for a late date for Daniel. This fact of history was recovered by excavation only in modern times, yet Daniel had recorded it correctly."He points out differences between the Qumran community (of Dead Sea Scrolls fame) and Jesus and his disciples: "(At Qumran) a person who joined the community handed over his goods and did not get them back even if he departed. Nor was baptism the same rite as that of the New Testament, for at Qumran it was a daily rite, part of the regular ritual."Concerning Luke, he writes,"Throughout the Bible, one of the clearest evidences that the writers understood the background of the times is that they referred to the customs of various officials with great precision. This sort of accuracy is seen in Luke, for he refers to different local officers by their exact titles... Obviously, he knew a great deal about local buildings and areas, referring confidently and yet casually to the marketplace at Philippi."

  • By David Sorensen on June 17, 2017

    My wife and I both loved this book. True, some of the info is dated but much was not that well known. This book is WONDERFUL!For any who want to see how the Bible is relevant today or to understand some of the archaeological evidence that shows the world of the Bible clearly - and with many interesting details this would be the book. It has enough details to be interesting and useful but is not overly technical. So to help understand the fascinating world of the Bible you should get this book!


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