Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period

Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period

Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period

Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period

Synopsis

What are archaeologists and biblical scholars saying about Jerusalem? This volume includes the most up-to-date cross-disciplinary assessment of Biblical Jerusalem (ca. 2000-586 BCE) that represents the views of biblical historians, archaeologists, Assyriologists, and Egyptologists. The archaeological articles both summarize and critique previous theories as well as present previously unpublished archaeological data regarding the highly contested interpretations of First Temple Period Jerusalem. The interpretative essays ask the question, Can there be any dialogue between archaeologists and biblical scholars in the absence of consensus?" The essays give a clear "yes" to this question, and provide suggestions for how archaeology and biblical studies can and should be in conversation. The contributors include Yairah Amit, Jane M. Cahill, Israel Finkelstein, Richard Elliot Friedman, Hillel Geva, James K. Hoffmeier, Ann E. Killebrew, Gary N. Knoppers, Gunnar Lehmann, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron, J. J. M. Roberts, William M. Schniedewind, Neil Asher Silberman, Margreet Steiner, Lynn Tatum, David Ussishkin, Andrew G. Vaughn, and K. Lawson Younger, Jr. This book will appeal to advanced scholars, nonspecialists in biblical studies, and lay audiences who are interested in the most recent theories on Jerusalem. The volume will be especially useful as a supplemental textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses on biblical history. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)"

Excerpt

Most of the essays in the present volume had their genesis as papers that were presented in the “Consultation on Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. The papers were presented over a period of four years (1998–2001). The Consultation was co-chaired by Ann E. Killebrew and Andrew G. Vaughn, the editors of the volume. The steering committee for the Consultation (Melody Knowles, Gunnar Lehmann, William Schniedewind, and Tammi Schneider) also contributed to the selection of the components of the Consultation and subsequently of the present volume.

Support for the present volume was provided by Gustavus Adolphus College through the funding of the following research assistants for Vaughn: Susan Schumacher helped edit all of the articles; Dan Pioske did proofreading and compiled the indexes; and Rachel Schwingler proofread the articles and the index. Vaughn's work was supported in part by a Research Scholarship and Creativity Grant from Gustavus Adolphus College. Killebrew would like to express her thanks to The Pennsylvania State University for providing her with a research semester in 2003, during which much of the final editorial work on this volume was completed. The editors are also indebted to the excellent editorial staff at the Society of Biblical Literature: Leigh Andersen, Kathie Klein, and Rex Matthews. Bob Buller served as copy editor and typesetter and went far beyond what was expected to make sure the volume looked as professional as possible. Finally, but certainly not least, appreciation is due to the series editor, Chris Matthews, for both his patience and guidance.

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