David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of Western Civilization (Paperback)
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Short Description for David and Solomon The authors of the international bestseller, THE BIBLE UNEARTHED, draw on the latest archaeological findings to reveal the surprising historical truth about the first kings of western civilization and the evolution of their biblical myth.
- Published: 17 September 2007
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780743243636 ISBN 10: 0743243633
- Sales rank: 125,163
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The exciting field of biblical archaeology has revolutionized our understanding of the Bible - and no one has done more to popularise this vast store of knowledge than Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman, who revealed what we now know about when and why the Bible was first written in THE BIBLE UNEARTHED. Now, with DAVID AND SOLOMON, they do nothing less than help us to understand the sacred kings and founding fathers of western civilization. David and his son Solomon are famous in the Bible for their warrior prowess, legendary loves, wisdom, poetry, conquests, and ambitious building programmes. Yet thanks to archaeology's astonishing finds, we now know that most of these stories are myths. Finkelstein and Silberman show us that the historical David was a bandit leader in a tiny back-water called Jerusalem, and how - through wars, conquests and epic tragedies like the exile of the Jews in the centuries before Christ and the later Roman conquest - David and his successor were reshaped into mighty kings and even messiahs, symbols of hope to Jews and Christians alike in times of strife and despair and models for the great kings of Europe.A landmark work of research and lucid scholarship by two brilliant luminaries, DAVID AND SOLOMON recasts the very genesis of western history in a whole new light.