Asking the Right Questions of Biblical Archaeology

In The Future of Biblical Archaeology: Reassessing Methodologies and Assumptions, David Merling has an excellent methodological chapter entitled "The Relationship between Archaeology and the Bible: Expectations and Reality."  In it, he questions the conclusions of those who believe that archaeology has disproved the historicity of the Bible's events. He explains: In my first class in… Continue reading Asking the Right Questions of Biblical Archaeology

Favorite Edited Books dealing with Old Testament Historical Issues

Due to my academic training in Old Testament I have an interest in how issues in historical criticism should be approached by believing (or more narrowly, "conservative") scholars.  Because of this, certain books have wound up on my shelves that might not end up on the shelves of most other Reformed pastors.  Since in the… Continue reading Favorite Edited Books dealing with Old Testament Historical Issues

Topographical Maps of the Land of the Bible

Having never been to Israel, one of the hardest things for me to picture when reading a given OT historical account is the layout of the region.  A professor once recounted to me that even if one knows how far it is from Jerusalem to Hebron (or any other city), one may still not understand… Continue reading Topographical Maps of the Land of the Bible

DeVaux on Texts and Artifacts

I wanted to share a nice quote by Roland De Vaux regarding the relationship between archaeological artifacts and ancient texts: Archaeology does not confirm a text, which is what it is, it can only confirm the interpretation which we give it.  If the results of archaeology seem to be opposed to the conclusions of text… Continue reading DeVaux on Texts and Artifacts