The 2005 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards recognize the best books on archaeology and the Bible published in 2003 and 2004. The biennial BAS Publication Awards for books about archaeology and the Bible have been presented since 1985. These prestigious awards are made possible by a grant from the Leopold and Clara M. Fellner Charitable Foundation, through its trustee Frederick L. Simmons.
A Biblical History of IsraelIain Provan, V. Philips Long and Tremper Longman III (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2003)
This book makes such an important contribution to the debate about the use of the Bible in writing a history of Israel that it could not go unrewarded. Its interdisciplinary approach to the archaeological sources, ancient texts and the Bible itself makes the book especially compelling. The text is extremely scholarly, yet it is accessible to the general reader.
James Hoffmeier, Trinity Evangelical
Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence E. Stager, Harvard University