In Unveiling the Kings of Israel, Downs explores the history of Israel down through the ages. Beginning with a discussion on the argument that the Biblical accounts do not match up with the Egyptian accounts (this was quite interesting), Downs digs in deep to unearthing the history of the holy city to his readers.
The book is divided up into 20 chapters. Each chapter addresses a major time period or event in the Bible. Downs describes the clues that have been found buried in the ancient cities and also in some of the world's oldest records.
Downs gives more in depth background knowledge on each event and time period. Much of this background information is not something you will read directly in the Bible, so it is very interesting to see why certain customs were practiced and to read further in to the character and life of many of the people written about in the Bible.
This book not only contains a huge amount of written information, but Downs also includes a large amount of full-color pictures, maps, and charts.
I truly enjoyed this book. I originally intended to read it in our homeschool lessons, which I still plan on doing, but once I started reading it, I found it so interesting that I just kept on reading. Although it looks like a textbook, it reads like a book. I found the information on fossil formation and the great flood, to be especially interesting.
This book would be a great addition to a homeschool's Bible studies. I know that it has increased my level of awareness of the history surrounding the Bible while doing my personal Bible studies. It has been very beneficial in this way.
Highly recommended for either homeschool use or personal use!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.