Here’s an enjoyable book for the whole family. It’s “Unveiling The Kings Of Israel” by David Down and published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. A sharp looking hardback volume, this book, lavishly illustrated, grabbed my eye as I took it out of the package. It lived up to my first impressions. You sense a passion for Bible sites, Bible history, Bible chronology, and finally, Bible truth. The subtitle, “Revealing The Bible’s Archaeological History” gives you a clue about what you are in for.
The title is slightly misleading as the scope is greater than the period involving the Kings of Israel. You will in fact pick up with Noah and go through the time of Christ with all the key historical phases of the Bible in between. I read a criticism of this book saying the telling of the Bible narrative is a waste. The truth is that the book was obviously never designed to be a comprehensive coverage of the archaeology of the Bible, but a tantalizing overview of how the study of archaeology only reinforces beautifully what Bible believers believe. As a pastor, I thoroughly enjoyed it The retelling of well known stories at once points out archaeological facts we may not know, or need reminded of, while making it a useful book to pass along to our children. The pictures of sites in Iraq and Iran, which may be hard for us to get to even if we have been privileged to go to Israel, were spectacular!
My only criticism is that the author refers to “a reduced chronology” which I believe in, but others reading the book would not know what that means. Perhaps future editions could carry a chart comparing standard historical time periods contrasted with one that fits perfectly the Biblical data.
Before I could even finish the book my 10 year old son Caleb walked up to my book-covered desk, saw this volume, and said, “Daddy, where did you get this book? It’s awesome.” He sat down and looked through the whole book. I’m glad to have this book and I want all my children to go through it probably in high school years. Plus, I will enjoy taking a look again. I fully recommend this book to 2 groups I am gladly part of–pastors and home school families.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.