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Religious Beliefs and History to Intertwine as One
I was really excited to hear this lecture because so often historians can easily discount the religions and religions can dismiss history. This book was a great middle view that covered the facts but didn't discount religious beliefs! It was great!
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A great, yet brief survey of Ancient Jewish histor
This was a very accessible, and easy to follow lecture series. It is very nice that audible includes a link to download the course guide.
The author is knowledgeable. He presents a balanced story that neither wholeheartedly endorses, nor completely rejects any religious traditions. He simply relates what is verifiable, and what some of the major competing ideas are regarding specific events or persons.
He clearly establishes his criterion for accepting stories from ancient texts as historically verifiable. He wants to have three independent sources before he is comfortable with accepting something as an historical fact.
I wish there were more lectures. I will listen to these lectures multiple times. They are informative and interesting to any would-be scholar regardless of individual ideologies and beliefs.
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Good But a Little Biased
Professor Cline makes this course interesting. He does come into this work assuming that some parts of the Old Testament are not true. This is an understandable viewpoint, but it might concern some faithful Jewish and Christian believers.
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A very good piece of work!
What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?
An excellent introduction to a very complex and long history. We learn the state of the latest diggings and archeological hypothesis and at the same time, we always keep in mind the biblical framework.
Ancient Israel is a fascinating civilization, with fascinating and incredibly influential history, which is rather extraordinary given the small size of the state and the very short lenght of its political autonomy (compared with Egypt or Rome).
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Informative and well made lectures
Prof. Cline is the guy when it comes to archeology being mixed with history! I enjoyed about these lectures is the style in which the information was presented.
Starting chronologically, Prof. begun with what history said about an era or an event then talked about where historical facts go or do not go in parallel with archeological findings. If you are looking for the most recent archeological findings, this is the book.
Finally, Mr. Cline is great storteller, so you will not get bored listening to these amazing lectures.
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- Steve M. Conwell
History of Israel
Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?
I love the audio version. It is much easier to listen to while I am driving or working around the house. I always love printed material over audio material. There are benefits to both. On printed material I can write my notes. that is the major advantage to me.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the way the teacher went in chronological order and he keep the story succinct and easy to understand. He was not wordy or verbose.
What about the narrator’s performance did you like?
He spoke at a nice pace.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Jewish revolts and the capture of the eagle standard.
Any additional comments?
This was a exhaustive study of the people of Israel from the bible to now. he included biblical information and historical faces and other helpful information. I highly recommend it!!!!
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- Jim Davis
Excellent course. Professor Cline is awesome. Shut the TV off, and learn something. I bought and read 1177 BC 3 times and also bought the audiobook which Cline does not narrate. Then I sought to find other books by him and heard his voice the first time with Intro to Biblical archaeology, which is a great short book, like 5-6 hours. Cline presents all views, both Biblical Maximists & Minimalists along with those who are grounded like he is, to understand possible bias when reading some interpretations of what the ditch diggers find. This audiobook was my logical next choice as a 3rd purchase of his work. Too bad the Modern Scholar website is gone.
I will seek to buy further books by this author including his LBA text book. And if you want my opinion, stop watching worthless celebrities on TV and learn something with the superstars of Academia and you don't have to spend tens of thousands in school as I did, and I refuse to do again.
I shut off the music while I work and play audiobooks. after reading code all day or editing/tv/doing graphics, all computer work, I found it hard to really dig into studies because I'm only doing research and not testing out of a course. My eyes need a rest.
Find the time to learn something new. Any major reading I do is in the morning prior to working and audio books allow me to continue research without having to read them multiple times. Cline has something specific I've been looking for creating characters.
Maybe that gives someone here an idea of how to work things into your schedule. I listen to Audible on multiple devices. Always download from the site for iTunes/media player FIRST then Kindle or you may have to call for them to reset the download type. So that bit of tech info is worth reading this long post :D If you have a problem audible will reset the download type to download on PC/Mac too.
- Radical Edward
They Do Not Talk About The Book of Daniel
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The History of The Neo Babylonian Period.
Any additional comments?
Unfortunately They Do Not Talk About The Book of Daniel.
Here Is a List of Dates.
12,500 Before Common Era BC
The Message of Yahweh In The Stars Is Prophecy.
The River Nile Mirrored The Milky Way.
7000 Before Common Era BC
6000 Before Common Era BC
3000 Before Common Era BC
2623 Before Common Era BC
2142 Before Common Era BC (658 Years or 8 Years)
Halcyon Lines Up With The Great Pyramid of Egypt.
2134 Before Common Era (8 Years After Halcyon Lines Up With The Great Pyramid of Egypt)
Melchizedek (Shem) The High Priest of The Sethite Order of Yahweh Conquers The Old Kingdom of Egypt.
June 1, 1999 Before Common Era BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
October 4, 1997 Before Common Era (Total Solar Eclipse)
1936 Before Common Era BC
Joseph The Son of Israel Was Sold Into Egypt.
1853 Before Common Era BC
January 11, 1853 Before Common Era BC (Partial Solar Eclipse)
February 9, 1853 Before Common Era BC (Partial Solar Eclipse)
July 5, 1853 Before Common Era BC (Partial Solar Eclipse)
August 4, 1853 Before Common Era BC (Partial Solar Eclipse)
December 30, 1853 Before Common Era BC (Hybrid Solar Eclipse)
1720 Before Common Era BC (A Year In The Reconstituted Kingdom of Egypt That Was Reconstituted By Melchizedek [Shem]/A Year During The Time of The Reign of The Middle Kingdom of Egypt)
1659 Before Common Era BC (A Year During The Second Hyksos Reign of Egypt)
From 1595 Before Common Era BC To 1000 Before Common Era BC
Middle Babylonian Period.
1453 Before Common Era BC (400 Years After The Date of 1853 Before Common Era BC)
The Torah, Sachiel The Hall of Truth and Darkness 1453 Before Common Era BC.
Moses Lead The Children of Israel Out From Slavery Under Egyptian Rule To Find The Promise Land.
July 22, 1453 BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
1449 Before Common Era BC
November 4, 1449 Before Common Era BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
1445 Before Common Era BC
February 28, 1445 Before Common Era BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
August 23, 1445 Before Common Era BC (Annular Solar Eclipse)
1418 Before Common Era BC
Eremon, a High King of Ireland Ends His Reign.
Moses Dies and Satan and The Archangel Michael Wrestled With Satan Over The Body of Moses.
The Children of Israel Enter The Land of Canaan Under The Leadership of Joshua.
March 1, 1418 BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
August 25, 1418 BC (Annular Solar Eclipse)
1377 Before Common Era BC (One Is Alpha, Three, Seventy Seven)
December 18, 1377 BC (Total Solar Eclipse)
From 1230 Before Common Era BC To 1000 Before Common Era BC
Assyrian Control of Babylon.
From 1000 Before Common Era BC To 650 Before Common Era BC
From 1000 Before Common Era BC To 960 Before Common Era BC
David Reigns In Jerusalem.
965 Before Common Era BC
Solomon Builds The Temple.
From 960 Before Common Era BC To 930 Before Common Era BC
Solomon Reigns In Jerusalem.
930 Before Common Era BC
The United Monarchy of Israel Splits Into The Northern Kingdom of The House of Israel and The Southern Kingdom of The House of Judah.
870 Before Common Era BC
621 Before Common Era BC
2 Chronicles 35:3 Is The Last Known Mention of The Ark of The Covenant (177 Years Before Nehemiah Is Given The Edict By Artaxerxes To Go and Rebuild Jerusalem).
June 9, 586 Before Common Era (Total Solar Eclipse)
December 3, 586 Before common Era (Annular Solar Eclipse)
From 583 Before Common Era BC To 534 Before Common Era BC
Teia Tephi landed at Howth on the 18th. of June 583 B.C., and was greeted there and carried ashore by Eochaidh Mac Duach, the Ard ri (high king) of Ireland. She spent that night at Howth staying at the palace of Crimthann which was built on the Hill of Howth.
The next day Teia Tephi was taken to Cathair Crofinn (now known as The Hill of Tara), where she married Eochaidh, the high king of Ireland, and they gave their pledges of marriage over the Lia Fail Stone (Jacob's Pillar - The Stone of Destiny) that Teia Tephi had brought with her from Jerusalem. She then stood upon the Lia Fail Stone and was acknowledged queen of all Ireland and Eochaidh as Ard ri. Tephi and Eochaidh had four children, her firstborn son, Aedh, died as a teen-ager and was buried in the at Tara.
A special subterranean tomb was constructed beneath the Mound of The Hostages and Teia Tephi was buried in it, when she died, along with a number of extremely significant artifacts including David's Harp, which features as the Irish people's national emblem.
The battle of the second Moytura (meaning
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bringing ancient traditions to reality
This is great for anyone that has ever wondered how much evidence we have about some of the biblical characters and stories we are familiar with. I found it fascinating for example that we have zero archeological evidence that Moses and Abraham ever existed, while David and Jesus are more evident. As the author points out, the lack of evidence may be a sign that archaeologists just need to keep digging! I'd recommend this book, a long with Jerusalem: the contested city, by Frank Peters as a perfect accompaniment.
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- Dave Kinsella
informative and entertaining.
it would be wrong for me to give this lecture series any less than 5 stars simply because it makes me a little uneasy. the information was well presented, scholarly and interesting. I recommend it. It will make conservative Christians uneasy however as the lecturer assumes a rather liberal position in regards to Biblical history.
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- Dr. M.
This is a very good overview of the subject. It is necessarily brief in places. For example, I would have liked to have known a bit more about the Jews left in Judah during the period of exile - what was their relationship with their returning co-coreligionists? This is a 'political' history so you won't get much about religion or everyday life. I think that is unfortunate, as the belief in one God went through various permutations during the history of Israel. However I appreciated the fact that the ongoing debates and disagreements regarding the history of Israel are presented here, including the minimalists who dismiss David and Solomon as semi legendary figures. I suspect this recording to have been made earlier than the archaeological discoveries of 2007 which challenge the minimalist viewpoint, so it is not completely up to date. But as I say it is an excellent introduction to the subject.
easy on the ear and interesting <br />
as a person who has a curiosity for the subject I found this book surprisingly easy to listen to and engaging - the accompanying booklet is very handy for picturing geographical accounts.