The Biblical Archaeology Society’s Bible History Daily website recently featured two reviews of Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein’s new book, The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel (Ancient Near East Monographs). Both have value for readers interested in archaeological approaches to biblical Israel in the monarchic period, particularly the time of David.
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Oh, timely, as Im continuing to read Hector Avalos’ “The End of Biblical Studies” (2007) in which he critiques Finkelstein for his supposed arbitrariness in archaeological findings.
Well, after reading the reviews, maybe Finkelstein is really arbitrary after all. It just shows my ignorance on archaeology. But Avalos severely critiques Dever as well.
Maybe because Dever isn’t an atheist; only atheists are real scholars. 🙂
Wow, Dever was harsh.
Both seem to have valid rebuttals though.
He’s always harsh. He had (still has, though retired) the reputation for being archaeology’s bad boy.