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The very foundation of our faith rests on the assurance that the birth, life and death of Jesus all occurred in a certain place and at a certain time, recorded faithfully for us within the pages of Scripture. Also contained within those pages are the stories of real people. The details of how they worked the land, built their houses, and raised their families are central to understanding how they understood the world-changing events they experienced and the Scripture they received.
Archaeology is the science that can unlock these cultural, economic and political contexts of the Bible, helping us to bridge the centuries to understand how the original hearers of the Word understood and applied it. The result is that you gain the tools you need to apply the Word more clearly and with greater understanding to your own life!
The ESV Archaeology Study Bible assembles a range of modern scholarship to create the many unique features that will aid your study:
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“While the Bible is unchanging, our knowledge of the context of the Bible is ever-changing. The best new information that can be brought to the Bible is from archaeology, which, as a science of discovery, is constantly engaged in unearthing historical and cultural evidence from the world of the Bible. In the hands of skilled biblical interpreters, this knowledge can corroborate, clarify, and add local color to the biblical text. Crossway’s first-rate team of archaeologists and biblical scholars has produced a much-needed resource that will inform biblical students about the context of Scripture with a beautifully crafted format that is essential for communication in a visual age.” —Randall Price, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University; Codirector, Qumran Archaeological Project
“Everyone who wants to understand the Bible better will welcome the ESV Archaeology Study Bible. This marvelous resource will help readers visualize the people and places of the Bible and appreciate the importance of archaeology for a deeper and more accurate understanding of Scripture. All of us are indebted to editors John Currid and David Chapman.” —Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University
John D. Currid (PhD, University of Chicago) is the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, and serves as project director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel (1995-present). He lectures and preaches worldwide.
David Chapman (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion. He presents research and lectures worldwide.