Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation by John R. Bartlett

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By John R. Bartlett

Those are intriguing occasions for all these desirous about the background of historical Israel, Judaism, and early Christianity, for the previous few many years have visible an unparalleled volume of scholarly paintings upon either textual and artifactual proof. a transparent realizing of the connection among archaeology and literary fabric is important for students who desire to reconstruct the background of rising Israel. The papers assembled during this booklet use the latest examine in key areas--the early settlements of Israel, early Israelite faith, Qumran, Jerusalem, early Christian churches--to exhibit that historical writings and glossy archaeology can light up one another, yet in simple terms while used with specialist care. The essays symbolize a brand new new release of archaeologists and historians, with new social, political and spiritual issues who draw a clean and important photo of the emergence of historic Israel.

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We could go further, in my estimation, by devising a field project that would locate and excavate several small twelfth-century BCE sites simultaneously, with a single research design and strategy. These would be: (1) a coastal site, presumably founded by ‘Sea People’ or ‘Philis tines’; (2) an inland site in the continuing Late Bronze Age tradition; and (3) a hill-country site typical of those we have been considering as ‘proto-Israelite’. We actually have dug several such sites, but without the deliberate, systematic emphasis on recognising ethnic identity that would make direct and fruitful comparisons possible.

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