Religion: Biblical Detective Story

Christians revere the Bible as a treasury of divine revelation; skeptics regard it as an unreliable collection of fable and folklore. Over the past century a host of scientists-archaeologists, geologists, astronomers, botanists-have added a third perspective. Beneath the barren plains and foothills of the ancient Biblical country, they have made discoveries revealing that, whatever else it may be, the Bible is a remarkably faithful chronicle of history. In The Bible as History (William Morrow & Co.; $5.95), published in the U.S. next week, German Scientific Journalist Werner Keller skillfully sifts and summarizes the...

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