Many of our religious beliefs are based upon faith alone, but archaeology gives us the opportunity to find evidence about what really happened in the past-evidence that can have a dramatic impact on what we believe and how we understand the Bible today. Archaeologist and rabbi Richard Freund takes readers through many of his own excavations in the Holy Land, searching for information about key biblical characters and events.
Richard A. Freund is Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. He is the author of several books on biblical archaeology and has been featured on NOVA, CNN, and the History and Discovery Channels.
Chronology of Events Introduction Chapter 1 The Search for Sinai: Archaeological Reflections on Moses, the Exodus, and the Revelation at Mount Sinai Chapter 2 Searching for Kings David and Solomon and the Ancient City of Jerusalem Chapter 3 Searching for Jesus in Galilee and Babylonia Chapter 4 Searching Her-Stories: Women in Ancient Israel Chapter 5 Searching for Synagogues: A Lost Synagogue Ritual Recovered by Archaeology Chapter 6 Searching for the Mysterious Teacher of Righteousness at Qumran and in the Dead Sea Scrolls Chapter 7 Seeking Mary: The Mother of Jesus and the Well and Bathhouse of Nazareth Chapter 8 The Search for Bar Kokhba: One Biblical Character Who Was Found Appendix: Exploring an Archeological Site Acknowledgements Bibliography