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In 400 pages, the authors assemble more than 100 archaeological objects in some 25 museums, roughly in chronological order, with photographs, descriptions, and concise explanations as to how these items relate to the Bible. Fant and Reddish also include a number of important ancient books.

Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: Volumes I and II
Amihai Mazar & Ephraim Stern (Yale University Press)

Volume I, written by the late Mazar, covers the period from 10,000 B.C. to 586 B.C., the year the Babylonians captured Jerusalem and destroyed the temple of Solomon. Volume II, by Stern, covers the period 732-332 B.C. As good as these books are, they will have to be updated thanks to some major excavations and digs in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

The HarperCollins Visual Guide to the New Testament: What Archaeology Reveals about the First Christians
Jonathan L. Reed (HarperOne)

Reed provides readers with a great introduction and overview of the key finds relating to early Christianity. The book offers many beautiful photographs, maps, and artistic renderings of what life was like.

Jesus and Archaeology
James H. Charlesworth, editor (Eerdmans)

Charlesworth, a professor at Princeton Seminary, convened a scholarly conference in Israel in 2000, which resulted in this book's publication. The 31 contributions by leading archaeologists, historians, and biblical scholars show how archaeology and historical research have shed important light on the world of Jesus and his first followers.

The Final days of Jesus: The Archaeological Evidence
Shimon Gibson (HarperOne)

A Jewish archaeologist provides readers with a lay-friendly assessment of the archaeological evidence that especially pertains to Jesus' fateful visit to Jerusalem. Readers will appreciate ...

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