The familiar Bible stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, Moses and the Exodus, Jonah and the whale, will never be the same again. Kamal Salibi argues that these familiar stories can be coaxed into revealing their secrets only when seen in their proper setting - Arabia. Salibi's previous book turned history upside down with its astonishing claim - based on an analysis of Arabian place names - that the Old Testament's true setting was not Palestine but western Arabia. His thesis provoked worldwide controversy. Salibi is unrepentant. Far from retracting his theory, in his new book he takes it an important stage further through a re-examination of some of the best-known Bible stories. Did Adam exist? Is the story of the Flood rooted in Arabian mythology? Who was Abraham? Did the Exodus really begin in Egypt? These and other questions receive startling answers which are bound to re-open the furious debate which Salibi's theory has unleashed.
Kamal Salibi is a Lebanese historian. He is the author of many books, including The Bible Came from Arabia, The History of Modern Jordan and A House of Many Mansions: The history of Lebanon Reconsidered. He is currently Director of the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Amman, Jordan.