Part 1: People Part 2: Places Part 3: Things Part 4: Points of Interest
This 229 page book was an interesting read. So often we hear people complain that the Bible is just an uncorroborated story book. They then let you know (or at least imply) that there are very few verifiable historical facts contained within its pages. Fortunately those folks are arguing from a position of ignorance. Unfortunately, if your not in the field of archeology there aren't that many resources that a layman can read and get the bigger picture.
Lisette Bassett-Brody has performed a real service for those who believe the Bible is a collection of historically reliable documents. In this book she has compiled 70 items connecting the Bible to legitimate secular archeological work. For each item she follows the same format: 1) a scripture reference in the Bible that mentions the item, 2) a relevant picture of the item, 3) a data box that includes the name of the item, date discovered, location and map reference, and the expedition that found it, 4) the author's description of the item and the archeological and biblical significance it carries, 5) she ends each section with a secular reference to the impact and significance of the item and its discovery.
Archeology is a secondary area of interest for me, but this book covered enough material, in a succinct format, and varied enough to keep me glued to the book. Its easy to read since there is no technical jargon and it clearly compliments the biblical material. I really enjoyed this book and it has me on the lookout for similar material and opportunity to discuss the material within the book.