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Archaeology and the Bible

Adrian Curtis

in Oxford Bible Atlas

Third edition

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780191001581
Published online April 2009 |
Archaeology and the Bible

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This chapter begins with brief discussion of the definitions of archaeology and biblical archeology. It then discusses what can be expected from biblical archaeology and the practice of archaeology. It considers the various types of archaeological discovery by dividing them into several broad categories: buildings and artefacts; tombs and burial practices; human, animal, and plant remains; and written documents. It is argued that archaeology has made a significant contribution to the study of the Bible, not least in providing information about the wider context of the world in which those who produced the Bible lived and in which the biblical traditions are set.

Keywords: biblical archaeology; archaeological practice; archaeological discovery; buildings; artefacts; tombs; burial practices; written documents

Chapter.  6023 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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