Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-278).
The Bible and History -- Centuries of Conflict: The Battle for the Bible -- Canon and Content: The Bible as Sacred Scripture -- Author and Authority: Who Wrote the Bible? -- History and "His Story": Is There a Difference? -- The Bible and Archaeology -- The Stones Cry Out: A Discovery at Dan -- Bibles and Spades: The Birth of Biblical Archaeology -- The Patriarchs: In Search of Israel's Origins -- The Exodus: Out of Egypt -- The Conquest: Settling the Promised Land -- Israel's Monarchy: The United and Divided Kingdoms -- A New Era: The Days of Jesus -- Into the Future: The Promise of Biblical Archaeology -- The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls -- Secrets from the Desert: The Discovery at Qumran -- Scrolls, Scholars, and Scandals: Fifty Years of Scroll Research -- Scriptures Fixed and Fluid: The Scrolls and the Old Testament -- Rediscovering Christianity's Roots: The Scrolls and the New Testament -- The Bible and the Historical Jesus -- In Search of Jesus: The Historical Quest -- The Quest and Its Origins: From the Old Quest to the Third Quest -- Jesus and His Seekers: Scholars of the Quest -- Nativity and Nuance: The Birth of Jesus -- Message and Miracle: Jesus the Man -- Death and Resurrection: The Last Days of Jesus -- The Bible Code and Prophecy -- The Amazing Bible Code: Secret Messages from God? -- Cracking the Code: How It Works--and Doesn't -- The Bible and Belief -- Is the Bible True?: Conclusion.
Examines current debates on the historical Jesus, and explores archaeological discoveries that both agree with and challenge the Bible.