The Collapse of the Paradigm

Thomas W. Davis

in Shifting Sands

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167108
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835126 | DOI:
 The Collapse of the Paradigm

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The dominance of the Albright-Wright paradigm was challenged from both within and without. The most vigorous challenges to biblical archaeology came from Wright’s own students. The paradigm of biblical archaeology collapsed in the 1960s. By the end of this decade, Wright had rejected the view that archaeology could provide an answer to the Kulturgeschichte questions of biblical archaeology. He did this by declaring that, “Ambiguity is a central component of history”.

Keywords: George Ernest Wright; biblical archaeology; Albright-Wright paradigm

Chapter.  8394 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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