The Bible's Buried Secrets Bibliography

A great deal of research went into the making of The Bible's Buried Secrets.  Here's a list of some of the books that we found especially useful in learning about the archaeology of ancient Israel and biblical studies.  Many of them are geared toward a general audience and most were written or edited by scholars who appear in our film.

Archaeology of ancient Israel:

Ben-Tor, Amnon, ed. The Archaeology of Ancient Israel. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Dever, William G. What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? What Archaeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.

Dever, William G. Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.

Dever, William G. Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.

Finkelstein, Israel. The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1988.

Finkelstein, Israel and Amihai Mazar. The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Israel, 2007.

Finkelstein Israel and Neil Asher Silberman. The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts. New York: The Free Press, 2001.

Finkelstein Israel and Neil Asher Silberman. In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition. New York: The Free Press, 2006.

King, Philip J. and Lawrence E. Stager. Life in Biblical Israel. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2001.

Levy, Thomas E., ed. The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land. London: Leicester University Press, 1998.

Mazar, Amihai. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, 10,000-586 BCE. New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Stern, Ephraim. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible. Volume II: The Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Periods, 732-332 BCE. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

Reports on specific archaeological sites mentioned in the film:

Barkay, Gabriel. Ketef Hinnom, a Treasure Facing Jerusalem's Walls. Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1986.

Biran, Avraham. Biblical Dan. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1994.

Mazar, Eilat. Preliminary Report on the City of David Excavations. Jerusalem: Shalem Press, 2007.

History of ancient Israel:

Coogan, Michael D. ed. The Oxford History of the Biblical World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Liverani, Mario. Israel's History and the History of Israel. London Equinox, 2005.

Textual Analysis of the Hebrew Bible:

Coogan, Michael D. The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Friedman, Richard Elliott. Who Wrote the Bible? San Francisco: Harper, 1997.

McCarter, P. Kyle. Textual Criticism: Recovering the Text of the Hebrew Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986.

Schiedewind, William M. How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Ancient Near East:

Rainey, Anson F. and R. Steven Notley. The Sacred Bridge: Carta's Atlas of the Biblical World. Jerusalem: Carta, 2006.

Redford, Donald B. Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Judaism and the Second Temple Period:

Cohen, Shaye J.D. The Beginning of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Levine, Lee I. The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years (second edition). New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Magness, Jodi. The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.


Branham, Joan R. "Penetrating the Sacred: Breaches and Barriers in the Jerusalem Temple." In Thresholds of the Sacred: Architectural, Art Historical, Liturgical, and Theological Perspectives on Religious Screens, East and West, ed. Sharon Gerstel (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006), pp. 6-24.

Cahill, Thomas. The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. New York: Nan A. Talese, 1999.

Faust, Avraham. Israel's Ethnogenesis: Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance. London: Equinox, 2006.

Levy, Thomas E. and Thomas Higham, eds. The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating: Archaeology, Text and Science. London: Equinox, 2005.

McCarter, P. Kyle. Ancient Inscriptions: Voices from the Biblical World. Washington, D.C.: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1996.

Meyers, Carol L. Exodus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Vaughn, Andrew G. and Ann E. Killebrew, eds. Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.

General reference:

Freedman, David Noel, ed. The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Volumes 1-6. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Hallo, William W. ed., The Context of Scripture: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World, Volumes 1-3. Leiden: Brill, 2003.

Meyers, Eric M., ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Archaeology in the Near East, Volumes 1-4. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Redford, Donald B., ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Volumes 1-3. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Sasson, J.M. ed. Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, Volumes 1-4. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995.

Stern, Ephraim, ed. The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, Volumes 1-4. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1993. (Volume 5 published in 2008)