The Arabian Bible: Revisited (bilingual English - Arabic)
عودة إلى "التوراة جاءت من جزيرة العرب " ، أورشليم و"الهيكل" و "إحصاء داود" .. في عسير
By: Kamal Salibi
"This book is the gem of Kamal Salibi's scholarly work on which he later built all of his biblical research. According to the notable historian, he had examined all the maps of Palestine as well as the maps of the Hijaz (Western Saudi Arabia) and Assir (north Western Yemen) and has come to the conclusion that the latter map corresponds more accurately to the geography of pre-exile biblical Israel and Judea. Through etymological evidence and by cross-examining the biblical evidence with the scarce accounts of other civilizations, Salibi relocates the map of ancient Israel from Palestine to Arabia. Salibi believes that the names of the villages of modern day Palestine that correspond to biblical names are either by mere coincidence or were a later add on.
The book is perhaps one of the very few that talk about pre-historic Arabian mythology at the time Saudi authorities ban all archaeological expeditions in the region. Salibi was fortunate to have had trips to the area where he examined its culture and geography and sealed off his hypothesis that events of the Old Testament did not take place, as commonly believed, in Palestine but rather on the western Red Sea coast and its corresponding hinterland of Arabia.
Even though Salibi's work has been rejected by many scholars, some due to political reasons, it still provides solid proof and evidence that cannot be matched by those who deny his theory. Future scholarship might one day endorse his hypothesis." -- Hussain Abdul-Hussain
Language: Bi-lingual English and Arabic
2008, paperback, 220 pages, 14.5 x 21.5cm