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By John R. Bartlett

Those are interesting instances for all these fascinated by the heritage of historical Israel, Judaism, and early Christianity, for the previous couple of many years have noticeable an exceptional quantity of scholarly paintings upon either textual and artifactual facts. a transparent realizing of the connection among archaeology and literary fabric is essential for students who desire to reconstruct the historical past of rising Israel. The papers assembled during this publication use the latest study in key areas--the early settlements of Israel, early Israelite faith, Qumran, Jerusalem, early Christian churches--to convey that historical writings and glossy archaeology can remove darkness from one another, yet purely whilst used with expert care. The essays characterize a brand new iteration of archaeologists and historians, with new social, political and non secular matters who draw a clean and important photo of the emergence of historic Israel.

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Only in that way can we address the critical question of ‘ethnic identity’, that is, by comparing their material culture, economy and social structure (and possibly the ideology of their inhabitants) with contemporary sites that are presumably ‘Canaanite’ or ‘Philistine’ (see pp. 42–5). 37 WILLIAM G. 11 Reconstructed early Israelite village at Tel Masos, twelfth century BCE. From Fritz and Kempinski (1983) 12, figure 2. ISOLATING ISRAELITE ORIGINS MORE SPECIFICALLY If, as I have argued, the three hundred or so early Iron I highland villages that we now know represent the first settlements of the ancestors of later biblical Israel, can we say more precisely where their ancestors came from?

Johnson (eds) Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation, Atlanta: John Knox Press, 31–4. Strobel, A. (1993) ‘Deutsches Evangelisches Institut für Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes’, in A. Biran and J. Aviram (eds), Biblical Archaeology Today, 1990: Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem, June–July 1990, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society; The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 17–19. Thompson, T. L. (1991) ‘ Text, context and referent in Israelite historiography ’, in D.

V. ) The Fabric of History, JSOTSupp 127, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 65–92. Toombs, L. E. (1987) ‘A perspective on the new archaeology’, in L. G. Perdue, L. E. Toombs and G. L. Johnson (eds) Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation, Atlanta: John Knox Press, 41–52. Ussishkin, D. ’, BA 45(2), 93–5. 18 WHAT HAS ARCHAEOLOGY TO DO WITH THE BIBLE? de Vaux, R. (1970) ‘On right and wrong uses of archaeology’, in J. A. ) Near Eastern Archaeology in the Twentieth Century: Essays in Honor of Nelson Glueck, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 64–80.

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