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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122193063608 Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click Here. Double your traffic. Get Vendio Gallery - Now FREE! Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The View from Nebo: How Archaeology is Rewriting the Bible and Reshaping the Middle East by Amy Dockser Marcus. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with Dust Jacket: 284 pages. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; (2000).One of the central paradoxes of the Bible is that while it tells readers everything they need to know, they always want to know more. They want to see Nebo for themselves, to climb to the top of the mountain, look out at Canaan, and see what Moses saw. The earliest biblical interpreters were scholars--whose work influenced generations of biblical historians. In their books, they would often retell stories from the Scriptures. They recognized what many of the most ardent pilgrims to Nebo did not: whether one is interpreting a biblical passage or an archaeological artifact, the story invariably shifts. The view from the summit of Nebo is never the same. It is always changing as new possibilities that weren't considered before suddenly open up. This has never been more true than it is today. The Bible has long been our guide to the history of the Middle East--a history that resonates with extraordinary force to this day. Now a new battle has erupted in the region over the reality of the Biblical past, with serious consequences for our times. While many events in the early books of the Bible are regarded as more symbolically than historically accurate, the remainder of the Old Testament has long been considered a reliable record of thousands of years of Middle East history. But recent dramatic and controversial discoveries at archaeological sites in the region have raised questions about many of the most widely accepted Biblical narratives. In The View from Nebo, leading Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus investigates how modern archaeology is changing not only our understanding of the Scriptures, but the face of the Middle East today. With a compelling blend of science, history, politics, and Biblical scholarship, Marcus takes the reader on a tour through the books of the Old Testament to reveal startling new discoveries about the history of that time, including that contrary to popular belief, the pyramids were not built by Israelite slaves but by Egyptian artisans and laborers. The united monarchy of David and Solomon, considered to be a golden age, was probably not in fact united, as Judah and Israel likely remained distinctly different states with unique cultures. The Babylonian Exile is now believed to have been suffered by a relative minority, with life in Judah going on much as before. These recent findings, and the many more that Marcus details, present a history of the ancient Middle East that is alternative to the accounts in the Bible. The discoveries are controversial not only for what they tell us about the Bible itself, but for their powerful repercussions on the contemporary Middle East. As the past casts its shadow on the present in the struggle for political hegemony and territory, The View from Nebo explores how the Bible belongs to everyone; how its stories continue to evolve as new information emerges; and how the problems that plague the modern Middle East have their roots in Biblical times - and may find their solutions there as well. CONDITION: NEW (but not entirely unblemished) hardcover w/dustjacket (Little, Brown and Company; (2000) 284 pages. Unblemished except very slight edge and corner shelfwear; very minimal wear consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store such as Barnes & Noble. Pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously new and unread. Otherwise unblemished except that there is a black remainder mark (a line drawn with a black marker) on the bottom surface of the closed page edges indicating that the book is unsold surplus inventory). The line is not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges. Condition is entirely consistent with a new (albeit "remaindered", or surplus) book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton (for example), wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: In The View from Nebo, Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus investigates how modern archaeology is changing not only our understanding of the Scriptures, but the face of the Middle East today. With a blend of science, history, politics, and biblical scholarship, Marcus takes the reader on a tour through the books of the Old Testament to reveal startling new discoveries about the history of that time. Marcus was The Wall Street Journal's correspondent in Tel Aviv from 1991 to 1998, and talked to archaeologists in Jordon, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and shows readers what recent digs reveal about the Bible and the Biblical period in history. Marcus is currently a senior special writer in the Journal's Boston bureau. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Nebo, the mountain from which Moses gazed at the Promised Land, is the starting point for a cogent review of recent archaeology that illuminates biblical scholarship. Marcus, a journalist who covered the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998, presents the latest research and thinking with clarity, synthesizing what is often published in news bites with little follow-up. Marcus argues that the Bible tells an incomplete and one-sided story of the region, which archaeology can substantiate or supplement. She documents how the discipline is used for political gain as well as for understanding history or exploring the veracity of the Bible. On the other hand, she finds that some archaeologists pay no heed to the Bible in pursuing their research. To support her conclusions, Marcus visited many of the sites and interviewed archaeologists and other scholars. Recommended to readers of archaeology and of Biblical history. REVIEW: Were the ancient Jews unique in forbidding the eating of pork or was the prohibition more widespread in the region? Did King David really exist, or is he a mythical figure, a composite of several actual ancient leaders? Marcus, a Wall Street Journal contributor formerly reporting from the Middle East, describes the cutting-edge archeological research that is posing such questions. Marcus provides an engaging overview of the theories circulating in alternative contemporary biblical scholarship, on subjects such as Abraham, the Ammonites, the Exodus. Drawing from an extensive set of interviews she conducted with archeologists and others on the forefront of biblical scholarship, Marcus provides readers with a lovely window onto a little-known set of ideas. Some of this work may come to contradict, or even counteract, some of the basic political ideas of the modern state of Israel, but it seems clear that politicians, particularly in the Israeli context, will only utilize biblical scholarship if it fits their agenda. REVIEW: Wall Street Journal Foreign correspondent Marcus offers a dry but ultimately fascinating look at how modern archaeologists and their recent discoveries at key biblical sites are reshaping traditional views of the Bible, as well as the entire map of the Middle East. Over the years archaeologists have studied biblical texts, historical finds, and ancient records recovered at sites throughout the Middle East, and on this basis they have created an accepted structure of Israel's history. But recently, exciting new discoveries at sites such as Meggido, Jerusalem, and Hazor have led scholars to question the very foundations of these long-held beliefs. Scientific advances in the past 50 years have re-focused archaeological surveys away from biblical historicity to a more general investigation of the culture of the entire Middle East, and have brought astonishing new theories to light. For example, the origin of food prohibitions through the study of pig remains has now led to the belief that the Jewish dietary laws were not unique within the cultures of the Middle East: in fact, virtually no one in the region was eating pork during the biblical period. Another theory currently contested is that Israelite slaves built the pyramids rather than skilled craftsmen and seasonal laborers, as many archaeologists now believe. Marcus's careful research and extensive interviews provide an excellent base for the exploration of these theories. Marcus offers a compelling glimpse into an undeniably fascinating topic. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I just returned from a trip to the Middle East and picked up this book. I wish I had been able to read it before I left. I traveled to many of the sites it mentions, such as Jerusalem, the pyramids in Egypt and Mount Nebo in Jordan, but there was so much information in the book that the tour guides don't tell you. The most interesting part to me was the chapter about Egypt and the Exodus story. I had visited the pyramids, but had no idea that just a short distance away from where I was standing, archaeologists had uncovered an entire cemetery of graves of workers who built the pyramids. The information that archaeologists are providing about what the workers' lives were really like is different from the image that I had of what it must have been like building the pyramids. The book provides an additional history of the region - all the information not found in the guidebooks and travelogues! REVIEW: The View From Nebo is not just about the Bible, or about archaeology, or about the Middle East. It's about all three, and that's what I found so interesting about it. Amy Dockser Marcus weaves together archaeological finds and how they might change well-known biblical accounts-such as the story of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt and the image of King Solomon as the Bible's greatest builder-along with what's happening in the Middle East today. Each chapter gives you background about the traditional reading of the biblical text and also explains how archaeology might add or change that story. Marcus is a journalist, so the style of writing is very accessible and the book moves very quickly. It made me want to join a dig this summer! REVIEW: I just finished reading the View from Nebo and I loved it. I picked it up not knowing what to expect, and was surprised by how much is going on in the field of archaeology and the Bible. This book is really a history of an idea that has fascinated people for generations - how was the bible created - and it also takes the next step, showing how the Bible is being recreated, by the many archaeological discoveries being made. Some of the discoveries aren't even the kind you'll see on the Discovery channel. No claims about the lost ark or the Garden of Eden by the archaeologists here. Instead what's amazing is how even the little things, like an olive pit or a piece of wheat, help archaeologists reconstruct an entire world. Still, many of the archaeologists in this book are quirky characters and we get to meet them, and see how what's happening in the modern Middle East and inside their own countries affects the way they interpret their material and how the tales of these modern mythmakers are received! I was startled by some of what I learned, and it has made me look at the Bible, and what people say about the Bible, in a different way. I highly recommend this book! Five stars. REVIEW: This is a lovely book, one that I really enjoyed reading. It made me look at the Bible in a new way, and at the Middle East. What I found most interesting were the connections made throughout the book between the past and the present, and the way the Bible has stayed relevant throughout the ages even as scholars, historians, and now archaeologists change the way that we view the text. This isn't a dry or academic study - it is filled with fascinating details about the people and the digs as well as the biblical history - and the mixture of Bible stories, archaeology, and the modern debates made the book rich and accessible, particularly to someone like me who loves the Bible and history but is not in the professional field. I am going to recommend it to our book group. REVIEW: A history of the Jewish people in Palestine as revealed in the archeological record, from Abraham until the Romans. Marcus' primary objectives are to assess the historical accuracy of the Bible and to provide an introduction to the various theories of what the Bible omits or gets wrong. She also give the reader a very good feel for the land, and to a lesser extent the archeologists, and the digs. Understanding Jewish history requires some understanding of the other Middle Eastern peoples as well as the approach to ruling an empire of the major powers, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia. Her style is more discursive, and less organized than I would like, although this is more true of some chapters than others. Too often she is a reporter, reporting on what various archeologists have to say, rather than a student of the material, providing a coherent view of what is currently known, and alternative possibilities. Still, overall she does a good job, and much of the material is fascinating. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. 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