Introduction: archaeology and the Bible
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Introduction: archaeology and the Bible book
Thus it will be the purpose of this book to provide for the interested and serious student a brief overview of the history, methods and implications of archaeological discoveries and research that have gone on in the Near East during the past 150 years or so. But it needs to be understood that archaeological research does not sit idle,1 and any current assessment of the situation is dated before a manuscript even reaches publication. However, there is value, one hopes, in stopping long enough to find one’s bearings before journeying on. This volume, in my mind at least, is such a stop. The best I can hope is that the information here, while incomplete in most respects, will at least be accurate and clear; a pointer in the right direction for anyone seriously interested in the subject. My main concern will be with the question of how best to interrelate the data now known through archaeological discovery with the world and text of the Hebrew Bible, commonly called the Old Testament.