A Century of Biblical Archaeology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-12-01
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr

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This historical survey of the relationship between archaeology and biblical studies in the archaeological excavations in Palestine at Tell el-Hesi from 1890 to 1990 concentrates on the work of major excavators and scholars. It is a panoramic overview of the methods and theories that served to illuminate the archaeology of the Holy Land, beginning with an introductory chapter that covers the early pioneering years before Pitt Rivers and Petrie.

Author Biography

P. R. S. Moorey is Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and President of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Chronological Tablep. x
Mapsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
The Birth of Biblical Archaeology (1800-1890)p. 1
Towards a definition of Biblical Archaeologyp. 2
The rediscovery of ancient Egyptp. 4
The inscriptions of Assyriap. 7
Assyriology and Old Testament studiesp. 12
The quest for Biblical Palestinep. 14
Excavations and Texts: early confrontations (1890-1925)p. 25
The first generation of excavators in Palestinep. 26
Near Eastern archaeology and the Bible: confrontation and controversyp. 40
Towards the Golden Age of Biblical Archaeologyp. 48
The Golden Age of Biblical Archaeology (1925-1948)p. 54
Archaeology in Palestine: Albright's colleagues and contemporariesp. 55
Biblical Archaeology redefined: Albright, Glueck and Wrightp. 67
Excavations in Mesopotamia and Syria: Ur 'of the Chaldees' and Nuzi; Mari and Ugarit (Ras Shamra)p. 78
New Nations: New Methods (1948-1958)p. 87
Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls: the excavations of Pere de Vauxp. 89
Kenyon at Jericho (1952-8): old problems: new methodsp. 94
Albright: Bright: Wright - challenge and responsep. 99
Archaeology in Israel: the first decadep. 106
The Passing of the Old Order: Towards an Identity Crisis (1958-1974)p. 114
Archaeology in Israel: Aharoni and Yadinp. 116
Kenyon and the Younger Generationp. 122
G.E. Wright and a new American Generationp. 126
Franken's excavations at Deir Alla: challenges to orthodoxyp. 132
The passing of the giants: a growing crisis of confidencep. 135
Archaeology's loss of innocencep. 140
The Growing Impact of the Natural and Social Sciences (1974-1990)p. 146
Tablets from Ebla (Tell Mardikh): the historicity of the Patriarchs againp. 149
Albright's paradigm moves into eclipsep. 153
A new generation of archaeologists at work in Israelp. 156
Archaeology in Jordan: the revision of Glueck's synthesisp. 167
Towards a New Testament Archaeology?p. 170
Archaeology and Biblical Studies in 1990: divorce or reconciliation?p. 173
Brief Glossaryp. 179
Select Bibliographyp. 181
Index of Personal Namesp. 184
Index of Placesp. 187
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