22 OCTOBER 1937, Page 33

THE BIBLE COMES ALIVE By Sir Charles Marston

Skilled diggers since the War have added much to our knowledge of early Palestine and Syria and confirmed in many details the historical narratives • of the Old Testament: Sir Charles Marston, to whose liberality the Palestine archaeologists are greatly indebted, sum-

=arises in this volume (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 8s. 6d.) the general results achieved and gives a detailed account of the excavations at Lachish and of the letters of about 600 B.C. in the Phoenician Hebrew script that have been found. Sir Charles is somewhat too resentfulpf the " Higher Criticism " and too ready to accept the speculative, theories of the late Professor Langdon and others. Our knowledge of pre- historic Western Asia is still fragmentary, and the guesses at truth, here accepted, may prcive to be wrong. But Sir Charles's chapters on Lachish are a definite addition to the stock of facts, and they are very fully illustrated. The Lachish letters, written in ink on pot- sherds in the time of Jeremiah, are a really exciting discovery.