A Biblical Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1: The Ancient Near East
By: Ron Choong & Danny Lee
In this book, co-authored by Danny Lee, Dr Choong selects 40 artifacts from the ANE Gallery of the Met to add biblical, geohistorical and theological insights to the descriptions offered by the museum.
Four introductory chapters describe the emergence of ANE archaeology in the 19th century when Henry Rawlinson’s feats of determination and endurance led to the field of ANE comparative studies; the ANE and the Old Testament, the history of biblical archaeology and ANE religions.
A visual presentation of forty artifacts from the museum are reproduced alongside both he museum descriptions verbatim and the authors’ analyses alongside theological insights.
Eight appendices describe the literary genres and parallels of the ANE and the OT, ANE texts with direct relevance to the OT, archaeological timelines, limitations and politics of ANE archaeology, divinities of the ANE, ANE creation and flood myths as well as Assyrian and Babylonian rulers within the bible timeline.