The Biblical Archaeologist Reader

The Biblical Archaeologist Reader

The Biblical Archaeologist Reader

The Biblical Archaeologist Reader

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For more than one hundred years, the lands of the Fertile Crescent have been the object of archaeological investigation. Excavations at many important sites have produced vast quantities of relevant data, thus enabling scholars to recover the most ancient civilizations of mankind. While these have importance in their own right as fields of study, public interest in this area and its history has always been especially strong because of its close association with the Bible. The recent discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has confirmed this truth in a sensational way.

Despite extensive scholarly work in decipherment and analysis, and brilliant efforts at synthesis, much of the newly available material remains inaccessible to the general reader. On one hand, competent archaeologists and linguists have not been sufficiently concerned to communicate their findings beyond their own circles or have been unable to interpret their significance in non-technical terms. On the other hand, books deliberately aimed at the public too often fail to meet even minimum standards of scientific accuracy. Between the extremes of the scholar's scholar who is trapped in his own specialized jargon, and the professional popularizer who can-

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