Biblical Archaeology

Biblical Archaeology

Biblical Archaeology

Biblical Archaeology

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The purpose of this volume is to summarize the archaeological discoveries which directly illumine biblical history, in order that the Bible's setting in the ancient world and its relation to its environment may be more readily comprehended. The framework of the volume is thus the biblical story and the subject matter is treated chronologically. Yet the book is not meant to be a biblical history; it is simply a supplement thereto. At various places in the text, and especially in Chapter VII, a small attempt is made to introduce the reader to the large world of comparative theology in ancient times. Yet in neither theology nor history does the volume pretend to be exhaustive. It is introductory and selective, the purpose being simply to introduce the main areas of inquiry and discovery. The greatest freedom has been used in quoting from biblical translations. I generally began with the A.V. but usually revised it. In most instances, therefore, the translations correspond exactly with none of the modern versions. Thomas Nelson & Sons have granted permission to quote from the R.S.V. in some twenty-three instances where I used its readings.

I am greatly indebted to the following people, to whom grateful acknowledgement is here made: Professors W. F. Albright, John Bright, Frank M. Cross, Jr., and Floyd V. Filson, who read various portions of the manuscript and gave me the benefit of their wise counsel; Miss Nancy Renn who rendered valuable assistance in the preparation of Chapter XIV; Mrs. G. Kenneth Shafer and Mrs. Lawrence A. Sinclair who typed the manuscript with such care and accuracy; and Mr. Charles F. Stevens whose skill as artist and draftsman was employed in a number of drawings. I am particularly grateful to Mr. Herbert Rees for his careful work on the manuscript in order to make it clear and consistent, and for compiling the index.

McCormick Theological Seminary, G. ERNEST WRIGHT Chicago

June 4, 1955 . . .

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