(Book review) Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology

Reviewed by: Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, professor of communication at Taylor University.



Title: Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology

Author: Randall Price with H. Wayne House

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: November 28, 2017

Format: Hardbound Book

Length: 408 pages


This textbook provides verification of the existence of biblical kings and prophets, as well as the miraculous occurrences chronicled in the Old and New Testaments. By translating ancient scrolls, digging up fallen cities, and recovering stone gods and pagan temples, archeologists have accumulated a long record of accurate reports about the daily lives and major events related to societies referred to in the Bible. The book is filled with photos of recovered tablets, statues, weapons, and walls covered in hieroglyphics, as well as maps and drawings that recreate the layout of now-lost cities. Other photos show the valleys, mountain ranges, canyons, farm fields, groves, rivers, lakes, and deserts mentioned in scripture. The authors present a passage of biblical verses and then explain the aspects related to where the events took place, such as terrain, weather, culture, laws, and customs.  The analysis is detailed, yet very easy to understand and follow.  It goes a long way in enhancing one’s understanding of stories told in the Bible of battles, trade routes, wanderings, and settlements.  The book has a detailed index, extensive footnotes to confirm all claims, and a separate biblical index by which quickly to find specific details on a place or person mentioned in the Bible.  This is the kind of book that be read sequentially just for the enjoyment of its insightful lessons or can be pulled down as a reference tool when doing an in-depth study of a particular book of the Bible.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Pastors, seminary professors, Sunday school teachers, historians

Christian Impact

By providing insightful knowledge about ancient cities and civilizations, including architecture, farming, religious practices, highways, walled cities, and customs, this book provides historical depth to records and stories found in the Bible.

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